No sleep for Beale and O'Connor
June 26, 2013
Australia's management have poured cold water on suggestions James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale were out late drinking © Getty Images
A photograph appeared on Wednesday showing the pair with some Lions fans. The Canberra Times said O'Connor and Beale were among a small group of Rebels and Lions players who had been out at a Melbourne pub after attending the Rebels-Lions match.
A spokesman for the Australians said the pair had not been drinking. "There has been a full and thorough investigation of the information. The two players were out last night, but they were not drinking. Ten witnesses we have spoken to corroborated that.
"The players went to the Rebels v Lions game with their team-mates and after the game they went back to a function at a club, with other Rebels guys. Lions players were there as well. After leaving, they stopped off to pick up some food on the way home and had pictures taken with some fans.
"Both players are adamant that they didn't drink and we have checked that out thoroughly. O'Connor was driving. They have not broken any team protocols. Today is a day off for the squad and there were no commitments until late afternoon."
Beale has only just returned to international rugby after spending two weeks in a rehabilitation clinic.
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