Rebels pull Beale from squad

Date published: March 28 2013

The Rebels have announced that Kurtley Beale has been stood down indefinitely and fined after his latest off-field indiscretions.

The Melbourne Rebels have announced that troubled Wallabies playmaker Kurtley Beale has been stood down indefinitely and fined an undisclosed sum after his latest off-field indiscretions.

On Thursday, the Rebels and the Australian Rugby Union issued statements confirming that Beale and his management had agreed that the player would seek external counselling assistance effective immediately and would not return until he had straightened out his issues.

Beale was the guilty party in a punch-up with Rebels skipper Gareth Delve and then team-mate Cooper Vuna on the team bus following a heavy loss to the Sharks in Durban last week.

The ARU said the talented utility-back had been fined a “substantial” amount, after he had admitted his guilt and foregone the opportunity to have his case heard by a disciplinary tribunal.

“We have been working in conjunction with the ARU and RUPA over the past 48 hours to arrive at this position,” said Rebels Chief Executive Officer Steven Boland.

“We sincerely hope that Kurtley will now embrace the assistance required to beat the issues that have been plaguing his life over the last period of time.

“We will fully support Kurtley through this process and hope that there is a time not far down the track when he can rejoin his teammates at the Rebels.

“I would like to express my great personal gratitude to all members of our club, and to our magnificent stakeholder base that have been so supportive throughout this week.

“We all hope that our players can repay that support on Saturday evening against a very in form Cheetahs team.”