Beale charged with assault for bar fight

Beale charged with assault for bar fight
By Reuters

16/06/2012 at 20:10Updated 16/06/2012 at 21:09

Australia utility back Kurtley Beale has been charged with assault following a scuffle outside a bar in Brisbane.

Beale, 23, allegedly came to blows with bouncers at the Victory Hotel while out with fellow Wallaby Quade Cooper last week, and had been under investigation by Queensland police and the Australian Rugby Union.

"Queensland police have informed Kurtley Beale he will face one count of common assault following an alleged incident in Brisbane nine days ago," the ARU said in a statement.

"As a result the ARU's disciplinary process into the same issue headed by integrity manager Phil Thomson has been placed on hold until the external matter has been resolved.

"Until then, Kurtley will remain available for selection at Super Rugby and international level."

Beale and fly-half Cooper are both recovering from injuries that have sidelined them from the first two Tests of the three-match series against touring Wales.

Australia lead the series 1-0 ahead of the second Test in Melbourne.