Second Wallaby facing charges
December 16, 2009
Kurtley Beale scores on tour, months after the alleged assault © Getty Images
The headaches are set to get worse at the Australian Rugby Union with the news that a second Wallaby has landed himself in hot water with the law. This time Kurtley Beale has been charged with common assault.
The up-and-coming fly-half, who made his Australia debut on tour in November, was allegedly involved in an incident of domestic violence at a family birthday party in Sydney in July this year.
Local reports claim a complaint was made by Beale's female cousin, although no injuries were reported. The NSW Waratah's playing future is in doubt for now, with Beale set to face Mt Druitt Local Court in January.
The news comes in the wake of a court appearance by international team-mate Quade Cooper, who was arrested for an alleged robbery earlier this month.
Beale will break from pre-season training with the Waratahs until his hearing next month, while Cooper's immediate future is unclear after his case was adjourned until July.
Both players have been earmarked as future stars for Australia, and Cooper announced his arrival on the international scene by starting in all four Grand Slam games on the November tour.
If the two players have their ARU contracts cancelled, it could make for an unexpected source of woe for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans as he seeks to bring young players through in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
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