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Rebels sent home in disgrace


Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has been accused of punching his team-mate Cooper Vuna and both have been sent home following the Rebels’ record 64-7 Super Rugby loss to the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.


The Rebels said both players had been stood down and would return home immediately following an internal investigation on Sunday.

Hours after the Rebels’ record 10-try defeat in Durban, Vuna alleged in a tweet that Beale hit him.

“I need to leave right now, this ain’t for me! I tried to help someone but got punched so instead of putting him in hospital il leave!” Vuna posted.

The tweet was deleted but later published on a fan website, with one Twitter user asking Vuna if his alleged assailant was drunk.

Vuna replied: “Hmmmmm his name is kurtley_beale bloody grub!”

Rebels head coach Damien Hill said Beale and Vuna had broken team protocols and as a result could not be part of the team until the disciplinary process was complete.

“The club will not tolerate this type of behaviour and I am embarrassed for everyone associated with building this club,” Hill said in a statement.

Rebels CEO Steven Boland said Beale and Vuna are contracted Wallabies and therefore the Rebels have been liaising with the Australian Rugby Union.

“There can be no excuses for the disrespect shown to the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Club by these players,” Boland said in the statement.

Beale did not play in the Durban match as he continues his recovery from hand surgery, while the Sharks game was Vuna’s first competitive match this season after a shoulder injury.

Beale was granted bail last July to attend mediation after appearing in court charged with common assault.

He was allegedly involved in an altercation with a security guard after he and Wallabies team-mate Quade Cooper were refused entry to a Brisbane pub before Australia’s first Test with Wales in June.

Beale is expected to undertake his first session of mediation next month.

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  1. This is why Jake should stay away from the Walabies job.

    Ausie players are a disgrace and have been for years, their so called “stars” are a bunch of morons. And it is always the same culprits. The Beale/Cooper/O’Connor click should not be allowed to get away with the amount of crap they do. Pathetic.

    By the way, isn’t Beale still up for a court appearance at some stage?

  2. Domestic violence is always a pity. Here’s hoping these two get past their lovers quarrel.

    In related news – this can only bode well for the Naka Drotske’s Fun Bunch when Rebels visit the “Vatican of SA Rugby” – Cheetah-Field.

  3. Must have been a fair dust-up if the guys are being sent back for something that happened on the team bus out of view of the public

  4. Reply to Ollie @ 10:49 am:

    IMO you have to cut out the rot before it festers and brings down more of the club/team.
    Somtimes guys don’t get along, which is ok but as soon as there are pockets building within the club it can bring up a lot of issues and the longer you wait the harder it is to fix.

  5. Reply to Ollie @ 10:49 am:
    I think the fact that Vuna made it public on twitter had a lot to do with the Rebels Union’s reaction.Reply to Craven @ 9:17 am:
    I do agree that some of the Australian players have terrible attitudes and bad discipline, but things like this happens everywhere.

    Gary Botha(who normally seems like a decent guy) punched Andre Pretorius after his horrible display vs Tonga in the 2007 World Cup. Gary and a bunch of other 2nd stringers playing against Tonga was replaced right after half time by first choice players like John Smit to save the game. This was Gary’s only time to shine and secure a spot on the bench ahead of a very young Bismarck du Plessis for the play-offs and he blamed Andre(I think it was his goalkicking if I remember correctly) for the poor first halve.

    The fact that Beale disrespected his captain in front of the team is in my opinion a bigger offense than the punches thrown.

  6. Well Vuna has been let off the hook (no more Twitter though)… Beale still in the dwang!

  7. A pity really, Beale is a player with that x factor, maybe xxx factor? Didn’t he have a go at some of his fellow Wallaby players last year?

  8. Reply to out wide @ 12:12 pm:

    Yep J’OC… and he smacked a female family member at a bbq… and he’s due to face court again for assaulting a bouncer after being refused entry to a nightclub…

    Some people should simply not be drinking full-stop… he’s fast becoming another Andrew Walker, Liam Jurrah, Jeff Farmer to name a few… but with even more talent… and after having better mentors in place…

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