Rugby: Beale set to play for club side

Troubled fullback Kurtley Beale has been stood down by the Melbourne Rebels for breaching behavioural guidelines and will miss their match against the Blues this weekend. Photo / Getty Images.
Troubled fullback Kurtley Beale has been stood down by the Melbourne Rebels for breaching behavioural guidelines and will miss their match against the Blues this weekend. Photo / Getty Images.

Kurtley Beale is set to turn out for Randwick this weekend in the Sydney Shute Shield rugby competition after spending much of the last three weeks in a private health facility dealing with alcohol-related issues.

The troubled Wallabies star was stood down indefinitely by his Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels earlier this month after failing to comply with an alcohol ban.

Prior to that the 24-year-old was suspended by the club for a month after an alcohol-fuelled incident in South Africa in which he struck teammates Cooper Vuna and Gareth Delve.

The Rebels and the ARU issued separate statements about Beale on Monday night, saying he had successfully completed the first stage of counselling.

"Following discussions between the ARU, RUPA (players' association) and the Melbourne Rebels, and Kurtley's departure from the health facility, all parties have agreed that it is in Kurtley's best interest and welfare to remain in Sydney around his support network for the foreseeable future,'' the statement continued.

"Kurtley will play for his club Randwick in the Sydney Shute Shield Competition during this time.''

Randwick are scheduled to face Sydney University on Saturday and it is understood Beale will play.

The Rebels have Super Rugby games against the Reds and Brumbies over the next fortnight before a hiatus for the Lions tour.

Given his immediate linking with Randwick, Beale may not have many more opportunities to play for the Rebels who also have matches against the Lions on June 25 and then a final regular Super Rugby season game against the Highlanders on July 12.

It is tipped that Beale will once again link with the NSW Waratahs after this season.

- AAP

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