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Big bucks set to lure Beale to the Poms, as Ella7s winds up

Waratah’s playmaker Kurtley Beale is set to sign a massive contract with the English club Wasps.

If the deal goes ahead, Beale will join the ranks of the world’s best paid rugby players, earning a reported $1.35m a year.

Commentators say the irony of the deal is that the ARU’s 60-Test policy – put in place to allow Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell back from England to bolster Wallaby stocks for last year’s World Cup -may in fact actually speed up the Aussie exodus, as player chase big coin in the mid to later stages of their careers.

A host of other top-notch players have either played more than 60 Tests (Benn Robinson and Tatafu Polota-Nau) or are about to (Michael Hooper, Dean Mumm) and may well be in the sights of major European clubs.

Beale’s career has had its ups and downs but he has been excellent in his stint at Number 10 for the ‘Tahs, as Bernard Foley recovers from a shoulder industry.

In other rugby news, the marque event for Indigenous Rugby Sevens, the annual Ella7s tournament, was held in Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid-north coast last weekend and yet again proved that The Game They Play In Heaven is alive and well among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

More than 30 teams from near and far battled it out for $26,000 in prize money, with 432 players confirming that the Ella7s – named after the legendary Ella brothers Mark, Gary and Glen – remains the Number One indigenous Sevens tournament.

The event is organised by the indigenous arm of Australian Rugby, the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team.

In the Plate Final of the men’s Sevens, Anaiwan 31 defeated Pindarri 12. In the Bowl Final, the famed Redfern All Blacks 38 defeated Clarence Valley Dolphins 7, while in the Shield Final, La Pa Bummers 45 defeated Team of the Century 0. In the Cup Final, Skindogs 40 beat South Coast Wanderers 21.

In the women’s Plate Final, Mindaribba 41 beat Toomelah-Boggabilla 5; the Barbarians 32 defeated Lower Clarence Magpies Doobs 0 in the Bowl Final, Cabbage Tree Island 5 defeated Nambucca Valley Jiindas 0 in the Shield Final, and in the Cup Final, Redfern 36 flogged the Highlanders 0

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Photos courtesy of Australian Rugby Union

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