Kurtley Beale 'seen drinking in April'
May 11, 2013
Kurtley Beale performed superbly against the Chiefs © Getty Images
Kurtley Beale is back in the spotlight, just days after being stood down from Melbourne Rebels' team to face the Blues for breach of behavioural protocols, with reports he had also been seen drinking at a Shute Shield club rugby match on April 20.
Beale is undergoing counselling for issues relating to alcohol, after he was suspended indefinitely for hitting Rebels team-mates Cooper Vuna and Gareth Delve while drunk in Durban, and he is understood to have promised officials at his Super Rugby franchise that he would not drink.
But Rugby Gold reported on Saturday that Beale, 24, was seen drinking in full view of spectators at the Eastern Suburbs- Sydney University match at Woollahra Oval on April 20, two weeks before the Rebels reinstated him to face the Chiefs in Super Rugby round 12 and three weeks before the Rebels suspended him for one match after he was seen drinking in Melbourne.
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Beale did not act inappropriately on either occasion, but he has broken promises to the Rebels and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) that he would not drink.
The latest report comes one week after he and team-mate James O'Connor attended a Melbourne Storm NRL game before joining other players at a pub. Senior Rebels players thought Beale was under the influence of alcohol, and he admitted that he had been drinking.
The ARU and Rebels issued statements this week saying that had been suspended because he had "breached behavioural guidelines that were set by the ARU, Rebels and RUPA [Rugby Union Players Association], which were agreed to in full by Kurtley".
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