Melbourne - Coach Robbie Deans said on Thursday it was not "best practice" for
Wallabies James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale to be out until the early
hours this week leading up to the team's must-win second Test against
the British and Irish Lions
A photograph of the pair with a Lions
fan at a Melbourne fast food restaurant around 04:00 appeared on a
British newspaper's website on Wednesday following the Melbourne Rebels'
tour match against the Lions.
The pair weren't involved in the
match but were on Thursday named in the Wallabies' team for Saturday's
vital Test, which Australia must win to stay in the three-Test series
after the Lions won last week's opening game 23-21 in Brisbane.
has only just returned to the national team set-up after battling
personal issues and being involved in several incidents after drinking,
but Wallabies management said the pair were not drinking on the night in
Deans said he had an uncomfortable conversation with
the pair, but they had not broken any of the team's protocols in staying
out late in Melbourne.
"Obviously, that's not an ideal hour.
We've had a conversation, for sure. It's not best practice in terms of
sleeping habits," Deans told a press conference.
they were keen to catch up with their (Rebels) club mates, but I'm sure
the senior playing group will be considering whether we need to make it
more difficult (for them)."
Asked if the pair would be stood down,
Deans said: "No, no. They haven't broken any team protocols as such,
but obviously it's not best practice."
"Suffice to say it wasn't a comfortable conversation (with them)."Teams:
Kurtley Beale, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian
Leali'ifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 8 Wycliff
Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Kane
Douglas, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson
16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Rob Simmons, 20
Liam Gill, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Rob Horne, 23 Jesse Mogg
British and Irish Lions:
15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13
Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 George North, 10 Jonathan
Sexton, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5
Geoff Parling, 4 Alun Wyn Jones, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Makovina
Substitutes: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Dan
Cole, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Sean O'Brien, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Owen Farrell,
23 Alex Cuthbert