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ARU clears Beale & O'Connor after late night out

Kurtley Beale missed the kick that could have won the match for the Lions

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Article Published: Wednesday 26 June 2013

Australia backs Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor have been cleared of any wrongdoing after they were photographed in a fast food restaurant in Melbourne in the early hours of the morning.

The pictures surfaced showing the players out late at night just four days before the second test against the British and Irish Lions.

The United Kingdom's Daily Mail newspaper published pictures of the two Wallaby players at around 3.50 AM posing with players on their website.

Beale and O'Connor are good friends as they are two of the Wallabies young stars and they both play Super Rugby for the Rebels in Melbourne.

Both players were forced to watch the British and Irish Lions smash their fellow Rebels team mates 0-35 in the last midweek tour match.

Beale has missed almost four months of this year's rugby season due to personal reasons and alcohol-related incidents. In one incident Beale punched one of his team mates on the team bus in South Africa.

"There has been a full and thorough investigation of the information," the Australian Rugby Union said in a statement.

"The two players were out last night, but they were not drinking - 10 witnesses we have spoken to corroborated that."

The statement explained that following the Lions match against the Rebels Beale and O'Connor went to a function at a club with Rebels team mates as well as some of the Lions players and decided to stop off for food on their way home.

"Both players are adamant that they didn't drink and we have checked that out thoroughly. James O'Connor was driving. They have not broken any team protocols," the ARU said.

"These players have done nothing wrong. Within the team protocols, they are expected to behave responsibly and show common sense but there are no curfews in place."

The Wallabies lost the first Test match in Brisbane 21-23 after Beale missed a last minute penalty that would have won the match for Australia.

Beale slipped whilst taking the kick and has been accused of wearing the wrong boots for the type of turf at Suncorp Stadium.

The second Test match between the Wallabies and the British and Irish Lions is in Melbourne on Saturday this weekend.

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