Kurtley Beale has been stood down from the Wallabies squad and Quade Cooper is set for a comeback.
There was no talk of the team list for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup match in today’s press conference as all questions aimed at Ewen McKenzie were about Kurtley Beale. Further allegations against Beale have been released, saying that he had sent inappropriate text messages to a number of staff members. It is unknown who the messages were sent to. It was reported that McKenzie had known about the messages but when asked about it he claimed those speculations were false and the first time he had knowledge of them was in the Wallabies recent tour of Argentina.
Both the in-flight abuse drama and the nude text messages have resulted in Beale no longer being an active member of the squad. McKenzie said it is a huge disappointment and that it’s tough when a distraction like this get in the way. “There is an integrity process he needs to go through,” he said.
After the in-flight incident with Beale and the female member of management, Di Patston, she decided to fly home from Argentina before the game was played. McKenzie drove Patston to the airport where he missed one of the training sessions. He told press “I have welfare commitments for my staff… basically being a caring person.”
Beale’s Wallabies career is in the air as he now needs to face the code of conduct tribunal. “Things are out of my hands at the moment,” McKenzie told press.
In other news, former Wallabies player Quade Cooper is back in the 32 man squad after “he played well on the weekend.”
Cooper is a possible start for the upcoming game but McKenzie said he will form an opinion when he sees him in training.
“He hasn’t been in the environment in nine months,” McKenzie said. — Ashley Kearney
Photo from the Official Wallabies Twitter account.