Beale left out of Wallabies touring squad

Wallabies back Kurtley Beale will not tour with Australia on their end of year tour despite being cleared to play by an ARU tribunal.

Forty-seven-cap Beale was fined AUD$45 for sending an offensive text message to an ARU staffer but was not suspended and cleared to play for Australia.

It was thought that new Wallabies coach Michael Cheika wanted Beale on the tour as the utility back formed a crucial part of the Waratahs in their Super Rugby winning side.

However the Australian Rugby Union have released a statement saying that Beale would not be joining the rest of the squad at this stage.

“The Australian Rugby Union today confirmed Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has advised Kurtley Beale will not join the squad for the Spring Tour,” said an ARU spokesman.

“From time to time there are changes to personnel during tours, due to injury or other matters, and we will advise if there are any changes to this position.”

Cheika left Australia with his 33 strong squad on Friday and the coach was told of the Beale tribunal decision whilst he was in transit.

Australia play matches in November against the Barbarians, Wales, France, Ireland and England.

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