Beale to join Wallabies on European tour

Controversial Australian utility back Kurtley Beale will join his former Wallabies team mates on their European tour according to reports.

Beale was involved in a text message scandal which ended with a Wallabies staffer resigning and Beale being issued a fine.

The dynamic backliner has not played for Australia since their loss to South Africa on September 27 and missed the Wallabies losses to Argentina and New Zealand before the tour.

On the flight to Argentina Beale had an argument with then Wallabies business manager Di Patston, which quickly descended into a major scandal engulfing the Australian Rugby Union and leading to the resignations of Patston and Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Beale was fined a total of Aus$48,000 ($41,700) for sending an offensive text message to Patston and sanctioned again later for being rude and disrespectful to Wallaby team management on the flight.

ARU chief Bill Pulver, himself under pressure for his handling of the saga, warned that Beale, who previously wrestled with alcohol problems, was on notice for the final time.

New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had indicated that Beale had been left behind due to fitness, rather than any disciplinary issue, and that he could join the camp at some point.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper now says that Beale and back-rower Jake Schatz will fly out from Australia on Saturday and join the squad for their final tour matches against Ireland and England.

Beale will be immediately eligible to play for the Wallabies against Ireland although he is likely to start off the replacements bench.

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