Australia’s Kurtley Beale has reportedly signed a deal with Wasps which will make him the highest paid player in England.
Beale will become the biggest earner in English rugby after agreeing to a deal worth £1.5m.
The two-year deal, starting from next season, looms as a major blow for Australian rugby, with the 27-year-old utility back one of the country’s most exciting players. He has been in sparkling form for the NSW Waratahs in Super Rugby this season.
However, Beale’s 60 Test caps do mean he will be eligible to return and play for the Wallabies while playing club rugby abroad.
Beale, who will link up against with his former Melbourne Rebels team-mate Danny Cipriani at Wasps, could be joined in England next season by his fellow Wallaby back Quade Cooper, with a number of English club reportedly interested in the mercurial fly-half, who has been out of favour at French club Toulon.