10 May 2013

Beale suspended by Melbourne Rebels again

11:33 am on 10 May 2013

The troubled Wallabies rugby player Kurtley Beale's hopes of winning selection to play against the British and Irish Lions are in tatters after being suspended yet again.

Beale's future at the Melbourne Rebels also appears doubtful after he was stood down for going out drinking, breaking a condition of his return from suspension.

Last Friday night the 24-year-old Beale returned from a month-long suspension for an alcohol-fuelled incident in South Africa in which he struck two team-mates.

He came off the bench to play against the Chiefs but is understood to have gone out with team-mates last Saturday night, and drank alcohol.

Beale confessed his actions to the club and has been stood down for Saturday's game against the Blues in Auckland.

More discussions are planned with the Australian Rugby Union about his immediate future.

Beale also missed an appointment with a psychologist, which was part of his on-going treatment programme.