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Cheika to check on Beale in Europe

AAP logoAAP 26/10/2016 Vince Rugari

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will touch base with Kurtley Beale on the team's European tour to see if he is ready to exercise a get-out clause in his rich contract with Wasps.

Beale has been sidelined with a knee injury in May, which came shortly after his record $2.96 million two-year deal with the English Premiership club was announced.

However, he has the option to exit after just one season if he desires.

The 27-year-old utility back is in contact with Cheika, who has made no secret of his desire to repatriate as many overseas-based players as possible to boost the depth in Australian rugby.

"We've had some discussions over the phone and he came to the match against Argentina in London," Cheika said.

"He's back on deck around December for Wasps, so we'll see what form he gets back into and what decisions are regarding next year or the year after and his contract status, and go from there."

Beale has the requisite 60 caps to satisfy the 'Giteau law' and is eligible to represent the Wallabies no matter where he plays, but an early return to the Waratahs would be desirable for Cheika as he continues to reshape the Australian backline.

With Beale, Giteau and Rob Horne all out injured, inside centre has been an unsettled position and Cheika has rattled through through a number of different options at No.12 this year in Samu Kerevi, Matt Toomua, Bernard Foley and most recently Reece Hodge.

Despite moving Foley back to five-eighth for Australia's third Bledisloe Cup defeat last week, Cheika says he is not done yet with his dual playmaker experiment featuring Foley and Quade Cooper working in tandem and will use it when it suits the team tactically.

"Quade's had a good season so far and he's changing his style of game a little bit to fit with the shape we're playing," he said.

"I've been really quite pleased with what he's done since he's come back.

"I'm sure he's going to have plenty of offer on the tour in whatever role we give him and he will have a clear role in the lead-in to each week's match."

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