Reports claim that Wallaby playmaker Kurtley Beale is planning to head to the NRL in the wake of his latest disciplinary drama.
Reports in the Australian press claim that Wallaby playmaker Kurtley Beale is planning to head to the NRL in the wake of his latest disciplinary drama.
Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports that Beale has told confidantes he plans to forsake his chances of playing in the 2015 World Cup irrespective of the outcome of the ARU’s investigation into his argument with Wallabies staff members on their 10-hour flight from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo on Sunday.
Beale is believed to have been in an argument with ARU staff member Mike Doyle, after being told to change his t-shirt when Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie and business manager Di Patston both intervened.
Comments made by Beale in the argument are said to be reason why Patston decided to return to Sydney on Tuesday, with McKenzie accompanying her to Buenos Aires airport while the team trained.
The Telegraph also report that Patston will tell the ARU investigation into the matter that she felt physically intimidated by Beale, despite his an attempted apology shortly after the incident.
Earlier this year, Beale complained about having to play off the Wallaby bench and his latest indiscretion means he is unlikely to be offered an upgraded contract next year. It has also re-ignited speculation that he will be part of a group of Waratahs heading to Toulon in 2016.
He was not named in Australia’s team to play Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday.
Meanwhile, ARU boss Bill Pulver visited Patston – who has taken down her social media pages after being harassed online – on Friday after the governing body issued a statement insisting she was fully qualified to do her job.