Beale back after suspension
Melbourne - Australia back Kurtley Beale has re-joined Super Rugby side Melbourne
Rebels after a month-long exile to deal with alcohol-related issues,
the team said on Monday.
Beale was stood down indefinitely last
month after punching two of his team mates in South Africa following the
Rebels' record 64-7 thrashing by the Durban-based Sharks in the
southern hemisphere competition.
The player, who was sent home
from South Africa in the wake of the team bus incident, completed
training and team logistics on Monday, the team said in a statement.
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the past five weeks, Kurtley has undertaken an off-field program, which
was established following collaboration between Australian Rugby Union,
the Rebels, the Rugby Union Players Association and Kurtley," the
"Beale will continue to undertake an agreed off-field program."
24-year-old, Australia's first-choice flyhalf during their
season-ending tour of Europe last year, would train again with the full
squad on Tuesday, opening the door for his selection for the Rebels'
home match against the defending champion Chiefs on Friday.
head coach Damien Hill would consult with the playing group and be
guided by Beale's training form and "integration" within the team,
before considering him for selection, the statement added.
Rebels' hopes of making the playoffs are all but gone, having won only
two matches midway through the season, but Beale's reinstatement would
allow him to press his case for a spot in Australia coach Robbie Deans's
squad to take on the British and Irish Lions.
Beale was left out
of an initial squad of 30 assembled for a team camp earlier this month,
but can still stake his claim with a strong showing in coming weeks for
the Rebels ahead of the three-Test series in June and July.