Kurtley Beale agrees self-imposed indefinite ban
March 28, 2013
Kurtley Beale's playing career should be the last thing on his mind, Adam Freier says © Getty Images
Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has agreed to stand down indefinitely and has been fined an undisclosed sum following an altercation on the Melbourne Rebels team bus last weekend in which he allegedly punched skipper Gareth Delve and team-mate Cooper Vuna.
A statement from the Australian Rugby Union said Beale agreed he needed to deal with his off-field issues before returning to the game. He had also accepted a "substantial" fine and waived the chance to put his case to a disciplinary hearing.
"This is an important step for Kurtley and ARU feels an obligation to assist in ensuring, regardless of rugby, that he moves forward in a positive manner," ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said. "He knows he needs to be accountable for his actions and he is determined to overcome the challenges he has faced in recent times.
"The unfortunate matter in South Africa was not an isolated incident for Kurtley. He understands it was unacceptable and, most critically, acknowledges he needs to make changes."
No date has been set for his return and the ARU will monitor his progress on an ongoing basis.
Vuna apologised for his part in the incident and will miss one match as well as agreeing a self-imposed ban on using social media.
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