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Troubled Beale signs 1-year extension with Australian rugby

January 8, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) — Controversial back Kurtley Beale has signed a one-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union which will take him through until after this year’s Rugby World Cup.

The 26-year-old Beale, who has played 49 tests, was fined $40,000 for sending an offensive photograph to team business manager Di Patston in June, and escaped having his contract terminated because there wasn’t enough evidence he sent a second, more lewd message.

The text message scandal blew up on a flight from South Africa to Argentina during the Rugby Championship when Beale and Patston argued.

Beale was suspended, and Patston returned to Australia and quit. The fallout included coach Ewen McKenzie, who quit in October just days before the Wallabies left for a five-match European tour which Beale later joined.

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