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Waratahs face fight to keep rising Wallabies star Bell from Super rivals

The Brumbies are yet to sit down with Bell or his management but were one of the teams contacted and that has piqued their interest. The ACT champions have Sio and Slipper on their books until the end of 2022 on lucrative deals but the pair are now 29 and 31, respectively.

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Despite being two years older, Slipper is in the better form. He was Rennie’s first choice No. 1 during the 2020 international season.

In contrast, Sio was left out of the 40-man Wallabies squad which will meet at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast next Sunday.

The Brumbies’ retention and recruitment committee met last week to discuss the future of their list.

The Rebels and Force are also interested in Bell.

Ironically, the player Bell supplanted as a starting prop at the Waratahs – Tom Robertson – headed west prior to the 2021 season after becoming disgruntled at Daceyville.

The Rebels have turned to unknown South African Cabous Eloff to play loosehead this season.

Bell would walk straight into Dave Wessels’ best XV if he was to make a move south.

Waratahs chief executive Paul Doorn said discussions were yet to take place regarding Bell’s future but the club are desperate to keep the rising star.

His ball running ability is now being met by set piece prowess but the Newington product believes he still has improvement to come.

“I’m building. I’m trying to put my best foot forward. Personally, again, there are major areas I need to fix. Personally and collectively we can fix some stuff,” Bell said after making his return in the two-point loss to the Brumbies.

“But my body’s feeling good and I’m getting back into it. It was pretty good but there is lots to work on. Lots to build on.”

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