• Wallabies suspend Beale

    Kurtley Beale will be left out of the Wallabies squad to play the All Blacks after the ARU launched another investigation involving the Waratahs playmaker.

    Beale already finds himself under investigation for a verbal altercation with Wallabies business manager Di Patston that occurred on a plane ride from South Africa to Argentina during the Rugby Championship.

    The new incident is said to involve a series of inappropriate text messages distributed by Beale involving a Wallabies staff member.

    Beale will now face a code of conduct tribunal hearing scheduled for next week, and will not be considered for the final Bledisloe Test.

    ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the investigation into the flight from South Africa is now a secondary issue.

    'This matter relates to Kurtley Beale allegedly distributing what we consider highly inappropriate and deeply offensive text messages and images to a number of people in June, referencing an ARU staff member,' said Pulver.

    'We became aware of this incident this week and believe an independent tribunal is the appropriate forum for these allegations to be considered.

    'This also provides Kurtley with an opportunity to present his response to the matter through an impartial process.

    'The investigation into the argument on the plane has become a secondary matter in recent days, with our focus diverted to these new allegations.

    'We will finalise the investigation into the in-flight argument in due course.'

    This latest incident has thrown Beale's Test career in doubt, with a switch to rugby league said to be in the offing. 

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