Kurtley Beale out of rehab
Melbourne - Troubled Wallaby star Kurtley Beale is set to return to club rugby
this weekend after completing three weeks of rehabilitation for alcohol
and personal issues, his Melbourne Rebels club said on Monday.
24, was stood down indefinitely by his Rebels Super Rugby side earlier
this month after failing to comply with an alcohol ban.
been in continual off-field strife this season and was suspended by the
Rebels for striking team-mates Cooper Vuna and Gareth Delve during the
club's tour in South Africa on March 23.
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The Rebels and the
Australian Rugby Union (ARU) issued separate statements about Beale on
Monday, saying he had successfully completed the first stage of
"Following discussions between the ARU, RUPA
(players' association) and the Melbourne Rebels, and Kurtley's departure
from the health facility, all parties have agreed that it is in
Kurtley's best interest and welfare to remain in Sydney around his
support network for the foreseeable future," the statement continued.
"Kurtley will play for his club Randwick in the Sydney Shute Shield competition during this time."
Rebels have Super Rugby games against the Reds and Brumbies over the next fortnight before the late season recess for the
British and Irish Lions tour.
Beale may not have many more
opportunities to play for the Rebels who also have matches against the
Lions on June 25 and then a final regular Super Rugby season game
against the Otago Highlanders on July 12.
Coach Robbie Deans said
Beale still has a chance of playing for the Wallabies against the Lions
despite missing the preliminary Wallabies squad announced earlier this
The Lions kick off their Australian tour against the
Western Force in Perth on June 5 before three Tests against the
Wallabies in Brisbane (June 22), Melbourne (June 29) and Sydney (July