ARU and Patston reach settlement

Date published: May 5 2015

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The Australian Rugby Union and former Wallaby business manager Di Patston have confirmed that they have resolved Patston’s claim against the ARU.

Patson and Waratahs playmaker Kurtley Beale was at the centre of a texting scandal which engulfed the Wallabies in 2014.

The matter culminated in Patston leaving her position in late 2014 and Beale being fined AU$45,000, after a code of conduct hearing.

Patston took the matter to court and the claim was due to be heard in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in Brisbane in June.

But the ARU and Patston reached mutual agreement in relation to the matter in the interests of all parties on Tuesday.

"The ARU recognises the distress caused to Ms Patston and her family and friends in relation to the events of last year and sincerely regrets that this occurred," the ARU said via a press statement.

"The ARU wishes Ms Patston well in her future and thanks her for her diligent service at the ARU from August 2013 to October 2014 as Wallaby Team Business Manager.

"The matter is now resolved and neither the ARU nor Ms Patston will be making any further comment about the matter."

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