Kurtley Beale books into rehab
Melbourne - Troubled Wallaby back Kurtley Beale will stand down from rugby
indefinitely as he seeks to resolve personal issues, the Australian
Rugby Union said on Monday.
Amid reports of alcohol-related
issues, the ARU said Beale, 24, would enter a private health facility to
undertake counselling for his problems.
Beale has 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.
The latest development comes just weeks before the British and Irish Lions arrive in Australia for their three-Test tour.
ARU issued a statement after meeting with Beale's Super Rugby club
Melbourne Rebels and the Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA) on
"Kurtley has done this with the backing of ARU, RUPA and
the Melbourne Rebels, who congratulate him on this decision to seek
assistance," the statement said.
"Any future selection will be dependent upon successful completion of his treatment programme."
was stood down from last weekend's 36-32 loss to the Blues in Auckland
for breaking the terms of his rehab agreement by drinking the night
after his return to action against the Chiefs in Melbourne,
As a condition of his return Beale had agreed to an
off-field programme to deal with alcohol-related problems after
discussions between the ARU, the Rebels and RUPA.
The ARU said any
future selection of Beale at a club or national level would be
dependent on successful completion of his treatment programme.
latest setback appears to have ended the talented playmaker's chances
of taking part in the British and Irish Lions series starting in
Brisbane on June 22.
Beale was omitted from last month's
preliminary Australian squad and he is unlikely to be named when coach
Robbie Deans announces his final Wallabies squad on Sunday.
The Wallabies play three Tests against the Lions from June 22 to July 6.