Kurtley Beale prepares for the rainy first Test against the All Blacks on August 16, 2014. Photo: LookPro
The resignation of Di Patston as the business manager of the Wallabies has escalated a in-house difficulty facing the Wallabies into the most serious crisis confronting the ARU since the introduction of professional rugby.
The alleged text message Kurtley Beale sent to teammates (and inadvertently to Patston) in June denigrated Patston in a way that absolutely requires a full inquiry, which the ARU has instigated.
Kurtley Beale ready to pass in an earlier Rugby Championship match. Photo: Skysports
Kurtley Beale faces a disciplinary investigation after an incident on Australia’s flight to South America on Sunday.
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Beale is being investigated by the ARU’s integrity unit for alleged verbal abuse of a member of team management on the trip to Brazil.
Fijian lock Penioni Toga is escorted off the field after sustaining an injury against Ireland on Tuesday. Photo: Planet Rugby
Fiji Under 20 flyhalf Maika Baleinaloto was suspended by the IRB Junior Rugby World Cup judicial officer for seven weeks of playing rugby after ruling Baleinaloto had committed an act of foul play during Fiji’s match against France last Friday.
Judicial Officer Chris Morris said Baleinaloto was “suspended from taking part in any game of rugby” until 20th July. The tournament is being held in New Zealand.
Cockerill . . . need to improve on mistakes by Tigers . Photo: Planet Rugby
Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill admits his side need to shrug off their crushing 49-10 Premiership defeat to Saracens.
On their maiden visit to Allianz Park on Saturday, the Tigers suffered a record loss, despite being just three points adrift approaching half-time.
Fijian players hoist coach Ben Ryan after the Dubai win. Photo: Planet Rugby
Fiji coach Ben Ryan believes his team’s dominant showing at the Dubai Sevens is just the start of a new era.
Ryan took over as head coach following his departure from the England side at the end of last season.
Charged with improving the infrastructure around the side, Fiji were in outstanding form in Dubai – crushing New Zealand 44-0 in the semi-final before going on to lift the title after taking down South Africa.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do – on and off the field,” Ryan told the Khaleej Times.