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Oct 13, 2014

Wallabies in crisis as Beale text row turns toxic

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The maelstrom caused by a row between Kurtley Beale and Wallabies official Di Patston showed no sign of abating on Monday after a June text exchange between the pair was published in local media.

The row has already cost Patston her job, could yet cost utility back Beale his international career, and, according to local media reports, has exposed divisions between Australia coach Ewen McKenzie and his senior players.

Oct 13, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies in crisis as Beale text row turns toxic

SYDNEY, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The maelstrom caused by a row between Kurtley Beale and Wallabies official Di Patston showed no sign of abating on Monday after a June text exchange between the pair was published in local media.

The row has already cost Patston her job, could yet cost utility back Beale his international career, and, according to local media reports, has exposed divisions between Australia coach Ewen McKenzie and his senior players.

Oct 11, 2014

Beale row official quits Australian Rugby Union post

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Wallabies team official at the centre of the Kurtley Beale row, team business manager Di Patston, has quit her job because of “stress relating to recent events”, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Saturday.

Utility back Beale was suspended on Thursday pending a hearing into allegations he distributed “deeply offensive” text messages about Patston in June.

Oct 11, 2014

Rugby-Beale row official quits Australian Rugby Union post

SYDNEY, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The Wallabies team official at the centre of the Kurtley Beale row, team business manager Di Patston, has quit her job because of “stress relating to recent events”, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Saturday.

Utility back Beale was suspended on Thursday pending a hearing into allegations he distributed “deeply offensive” text messages about Patston in June.

Oct 10, 2014

Angry McKenzie denies relationship with Beale row official

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie was forced to deny he was involved in an intimate relationship with a Wallabies team official in an extraordinary news conference on Friday that focused almost exclusively on Kurtley Beale’s suspension.

Beale was initially facing disciplinary action stemming from a slanging match with team business manager Di Patston on a flight to South America for last week’s Rugby Championship test against Argentina.

Oct 10, 2014

Rugby-Angry McKenzie denies relationship with Beale row official

SYDNEY, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie was forced to deny he was involved in an intimate relationship with a Wallabies team official in an extraordinary news conference on Friday that focused almost exclusively on Kurtley Beale’s suspension.

Beale was initially facing disciplinary action stemming from a slanging match with team business manager Di Patston on a flight to South America for last week’s Rugby Championship test against Argentina.

Oct 10, 2014

Australia recall Cooper in place of banned Beale

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia have recalled flyhalf Quade Cooper to their squad for next week’s third Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand in place of the banned Kurtley Beale.

Beale was suspended on Thursday pending a hearing into allegations he was responsible for sending offensive text messages regarding a team official in June.

Oct 10, 2014

Rugby-Australia recall Cooper in place of banned Beale

SYDNEY, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Australia have recalled flyhalf Quade Cooper to their squad for next week’s third Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand in place of the banned Kurtley Beale.

Beale was suspended on Thursday pending a hearing into allegations he was responsible for sending offensive text messages regarding a team official in June.

Oct 9, 2014

Olympic berths up the ante for world sevens series

SYDNEY (Reuters) – With berths at the 2016 Olympics up for grabs, the rugby sevens world series will take on an extra edge when competition gets underway with the opening round on the Gold Coast this weekend.

The top four at the end of nine rounds of the series are guaranteed qualification for the inaugural Olympic sevens tournament in Rio de Janeiro in just under two years – a prize that makes this the most important season ever.

Oct 9, 2014

Rugby-Olympic berths up the ante for world sevens series

SYDNEY, Oct 9 (Reuters) – With berths at the 2016 Olympics up for grabs, the rugby sevens world series will take on an extra edge when competition gets underway with the opening round on the Gold Coast this weekend.

The top four at the end of nine rounds of the series are guaranteed qualification for the inaugural Olympic sevens tournament in Rio de Janeiro in just under two years – a prize that makes this the most important season ever.

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