Rugby Championship

Abuse claim against Beale

2014-10-01 15:20
Kurtley Beale (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) is investigating Kurtley Beale over an in-flight abuse claim during Wallabies' flight to South America.

According to Fox Sports Rugby, the ARU's integrity unit is looking into an alleged episode of verbal abuse by Beale towards a member of the Wallabies management staff on the team’s flight from Johannesburg to Brazil.

The staff member subsequently decided to leave the tour and flew back to Australia on Wednesday.

The Wallabies are in Argentina preparing to play the Pumas in their final Rugby Championship Test in Mendoza on Sunday morning (00:40 SA time).

Beale trained with the Australian team this week and is likely to play at the weekend because the ARU will only complete its investigation after the team arrives home next week.

The 25-year-old Beale's career has been blighted by off-field mishaps and with the player not yet secured of a contract next season, it could be the end of his Wallaby career if found guilty.

Beale was on the bench during Australia's 28-10 loss to South Africa at Newlands last week.

Teams:

Argentina:

15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Horacio Agulla, 12 Juan Martin Hernandez, 11 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Benjamin Macome, 6 Rodrigo Baez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4-Mariano Galarza, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Marcos Ayerza

Substitutes: 16 Matias Cortese, 17 Bruno Postiglioni, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Thomas Cubelli, 22 Marcelo Bosch, 23 Jeronimo De la Fuente

Australia:

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