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Beale takes indefinite break

13th May 2013 09:38

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Kurtley Beale on training ground

Seeking help: Kurtley Beale

Kurtley Beale has taken an indefinite leave of absence from rugby and has checked into a private facility for counselling.

The Rebels and Wallaby play-maker's decision comes after he was stood down by the Melbourne franchise for violating a disciplinary policy that was put in place following a four-match ban after a drunken incident in South Africa. It is believed that breaking an alcohol ban and missing an appointment with a psychologist were Beale's latest missteps.

The 24-year-old has now taken firm steps to get back on track as he has entered a private facility to deal with any issues.

"Kurtley will take an indefinite leave of absence from playing rugby to seek assistance in resolving personal issues," the Rebels said in a statement.

"Kurtley has voluntarily entered a private health facility in order to undertake counselling for ongoing issues.

"He has done this with the backing of ARU, RUPA and the Melbourne Rebels who congratulate him on this decision to seek assistance.

"Any future selection will be dependent upon successful completion of his treatment program."

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