Rebels to stand by Beale
The Melbourne Rebels have vowed to stick by Kurtley Beale despite the troubled playmaker's latest off-field misdemeanour.
Beale has been suspended for Melbourne's Super Rugby clash against the Blues this weekend and cannot train with the club after breaching 'behavioural guidelines'.
The Rebels have not disclosed the nature of Beale's indiscretion but it comes just two months after the 24-year-old was suspended following an altercation with captain Gareth Delve and team-mate Cooper Vuna on the team bus following a heavy defeat against the Sharks in Durban.
He returned to training in April after undertaking a five-week programme to deal with alcohol-related issues but appears to have stepped out of line once again.
Conversations regarding Beale's future, including with the Wallabies, are scheduled for the coming days but Rebels chief executive Rob Clarke says the franchise will stick by the Australia international.
"We never give up on anyone," he said.
"I think human nature would suggest all of us make mistakes and as long as we learn from those mistakes and are supported by people who want to see the best of us, and that's certainly what we have in mind with Kurtley, then we would love to see him continue on his journey and be a success.
"I have spoken to him on numerous occasions. I find Kurtley a fine young man.
"He's gone through very difficult circumstances in recent times and I think he's been making some progress in a range of areas, and that's been seen as well around the club since he's returned to us.
"I think this is a minor setback and as much as this isn't a major public issue, it's simply an agreement that's been reached between Kurtley and the club and will be managed accordingly."