Beale, McKenzie to face ARU probe

Date published: October 7 2014

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie and utility back Kurtley Beale are set to be interviewed by the ARU’s integrity unit on Wednesday.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie and utility back Kurtley Beale are set to be interviewed by the ARU’s integrity unit on Wednesday.

This follows last week’s mid-air confrontation between Beale and Wallabies business manager Di Patston during the team’s 10-hour flight from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo, en route to Argentina.

McKenzie may be forced to name his squad for the Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks in Brisbane on October 18 before the ARU investigation into Beale is completed.

The findings of the investigation by the integrity unit’s head, Phil Thompson, may not be finalised by the time McKenzie announces his squad.

With inside back Matt Toomua battling to overcome concussion, McKenzie will find it difficult to leave Beale out of his squad on form alone.

Beale – who goes off contract at the end of the year and is being linked with a move to the NRL – was whisked away from the waiting media by ARU President David Crombie upon the Wallabies’ arrival in Sydney on Tuesday.

McKenzie came through the arrival gate at the airport and couldn’t confirm whether Beale would be selected for the Bledisloe Cup Test should the investigation still be ongoing.

“You’re asking questions I haven’t even got around to thinking about the squad,” he told AAP.

“Obviously we’ve already flagged the ARU has undertaken an investigation and that will happen.

“I don’t know the exact timing. Obviously it’s been targeted for this week.

“It’s been a tough period.”

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