Wallaby apologies for video scandal
REACTION: Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale has apologised to Rugby Australia following his involvement in a leaked video which features an older man snorting an unknown white substance.
The video, recorded in 2016, features NRL player Corey Normal filming an older man snorting from the dinner plate, while Beale is seen laughing on the couch.
Norman was stood down for eight weeks and fined $20,000 at the time which the NRL integrity at the time said was partly related to the filming and distributing videos of incidents involving apparent drug use and sexual activity.
His current club, the Dragons, released a statement on Monday night saying the video had been “dealt with accordingly” at the time.
Meanwhile, according to RUgbycomau, Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle said Beale had contacted her to apologise over the incident once the vision became public and acknowledged “it did not reflect the image expected” of him as a Test player,”
It also reported that the statement did not mention any punishment for Beale.
“Rugby Australia only became aware of the vision after it had surfaced on social media on Monday afternoon and understands that it was recorded in 2016,” she said.
“After becoming aware that the vision was being shared on social media, Kurtley contacted me last night to apologise for the negative attention the video had attracted and expressed regret at putting himself in a compromising position at that time.
“Kurtley has today met with Rugby Australia’s Integrity Unit to provide his version of events and the high standards that are expected of him as a professional Rugby player have been firmly reiterated.
“Kurtley acknowledges that his presence in the video and the humour he expressed at the incident at the time does not reflect the image that is expected of a professional rugby player.”