WALLABIES five-eighth Kurtley Beale yesterday admitted he would like to have a stint in rugby league, following a cross-code training session with the NRL premiers Melbourne.The Rebels Super Rugby star hit the training paddock for the first time since Australia's tour of the UK and Europe late last year, sweating it out in a two-hour session against the Storm.
The Storm is renowned for its torturous pre-season campaigns but the Rebels kept pace.
Rebels and Australian halfback Nick Phipps was one who did not let his Storm opposite, Cooper Cronk, get the better of him.
Admitting he was a huge league fan, Beale said he wanted to try his hand in the 13-man game.
"It's always lingering in the back of my mind," the 24-year-old said. "I'm a massive fan of rugby league. I played it all my junior career and I'm always switching channels to watch it on the weekend.
He said his focus was on a big year ahead for the Rebels and Wallabies as the British and Irish Lions will be in Australia for a three-Test series in June-July.
Beale wore the Wallabies No 10 jersey on the spring tour and said he wanted to continue in the role, holding off challenges from Queensland's Quade Cooper and his Rebels' teammate James O'Connor, among others.
While injury-free, Beale admitted he had plenty of work to do before the first game with the Western Force on February 15.