Sale's Dwayne Peel dismisses NSW Waratahs link

Dwayne Peel
Peel made two appearances as replacement during the Six Nations

Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel has played down the prospect of a move to Australia to join the New South Wales Waratahs.

Peel, 29, and fellow Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips have recently been linked with the Sydney-based side.

The Australian Super Rugby team are seeking a replacement for Wallaby scrum-half Luke Burgess, who will join Toulouse after the World Cup.

"That's just media speculation to be honest," said Peel.

"There's nothing much in it really. I've obviously got another year left on my contract with Sale.

"It's great to be talked about in that vein and I'm not sure where it's come from.

"Obviously with [Luke] Burgess leaving Waratahs it leaves them a nine short I suppose.

"It's a great competition [which] I watch on TV. Obviously it's something I'd like to be involved in but I'm not sure. I'm 30 in August."

Peel has been capped 76 times by his country and joined Sale from Scarlets in the summer of 2008, signing a new two-year deal with the Manchester club in January 2010.

But Peel has voiced his disappointment with Sale's campaign in the Aviva Premiership this season.

"It's been frustrating to be honest," added Peel. "It's been a real difficult season for everyone involved with the club obviously with coaches coming in, coaches leaving.

"But hopefully next year we can move on. There's a lot happening behind the scenes at the club [and] there's players being signed on a daily basis almost.

"There's going to be a whole new squad next year [and] I'm optimistic for next year with some big players coming in."

Peel is hoping to forget a frustrating season with Sale by targeting a place in the Wales squad for the Rugby World Cup in the autumn.

He made two appearances as a replacement during the Six Nations Championship having been overlooked for the autumn series.

And the former Scarlets players is hoping he will get the chance to stake his claim when Wales face the Barbarians in Cardiff on 4 June.

"I have plenty of belief in my own ability so I'll just go there and work hard and see what happens from there," said Peel.

"It's just about taking your chance. From the small part I got to play in the Six Nations I thought things went quite well for me.

"[I'll] just go from there really. [I] can't do any more than that and work hard and hopefully get a bit of game time under my belt."

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