Wallabies’ Beale Stood Down From Super Rugby Again as Lions Loom

Wallabies back Kurtley Beale was suspended from Super Rugby for the second time this season after breaking the conditions of his return, jeopardizing his chances of being selected to face the British and Irish Lions.

Beale, 24, will miss the Melbourne Rebels match against the Blues in Auckland after breaching “behavioral guidelines” that were set by his team, the Australian Rugby Union and players’ association, the Rebels and ARU said in a statement.

“The relevant parties will meet to discuss any future course of action in relation to Kurtley,” the statement read.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is scheduled to announce an initial 25-man squad for the three-Test series against the Lions, who only tour Australia every 12 years, on May 19. Beale was omitted from a 30-man planning camp last month, though Deans said at the time that he still had time to earn selection.

Beale, who was voted as the Wallabies’ best player in 2011 by his peers, returned for the Rebels last week after being stood down indefinitely March 28 for punching two teammates on a team bus following a loss to the Sharks in South Africa.

The Sydney-based ARU said after that incident that Beale had agreed to seek counseling for “off-field issues.” The latest discipline breach involved Beale drinking alcohol after the Rebels loss to the Chiefs on May 3 and missing a counseling session, Melbourne’s Age newspaper reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Sydney at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

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