Beale not wanted for Wallabies tour squad
SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Rugby Union says recently-disciplined backline star Kurtley Beale will not join the Wallabies for their November tour to Europe.
Beale was found guilty of a serious violation of the ARU’s code of conduct at a hearing Friday and was fined $45,000, but not suspended, for sending an offensive photograph to a team official.
Chief executive Bill Pulver said that with the hearing concluded Beale, was immediately eligible for Wallabies selection. But in a brief statement Saturday, the ARU said coach Michael Cheika decided Beale will not join the touring squad.
The Wallabies left for Europe Friday, a few hours before Beale’s hearing began and Pulver contacted Cheika in transit to inform him of its outcome.
Cheika made the decision that Beale would not be added to the squad.