Cape Town - Wallabies playmaker Kurtley Beale has been forced to apologise after his involvement in a controversial video.
While the video has only recently come to light, it is believed to have been filmed in 2016.
The footage featured NRL player Corey Norman filming an older man snorting an unknown white substance off a plate, while Beale can then be seen laughing while sitting on a couch.
"Rugby Australia only became aware of the video after it had surfaced on social media on Monday afternoon, and understands that it was recorded in 2016," Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said in a statement on Tuesday.
"After becoming aware that the vision was being shared on social media, Kurtley contacted me last night to apologise for the negative attention the video had attracted and expressed regret at putting himself in a compromising position at that time.
"Kurtley has today met with Rugby Australia’s Integrity Unit to provide his version of events, and the high standards that are expected of him as a professional Rugby player have been firmly reiterated.
"Kurtley acknowledges that his presence in the video and the humour he expressed at the incident at the time does not reflect the image that is expected of a professional rugby player."