Two Wallaby stars suspended for punch-up on team bus after embarrassing club loss
12:48 GMT, 24 March 2013
13:23 GMT, 24 March 2013
Australia utility back Kurtley Beale and fellow Wallaby Cooper Vuna have been suspended by the Melbourne Rebels after an incident on their team bus.
It followed the side's embarrassing 64-7 loss to the Durban-based Sharks in South Africa on Saturday.
The Rebels said in a statement Sunday that an internal investigation resulted in Beale, who did not play in the match due to a broken left hand, and winger Vuna being ordered to return to Australia.
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Suspended: Kurtley Beale (left) and Cooper Vuna (right, white shirt) will not play until the matter is resolved
Rebels coach Damien Hill said both Beale and Vuna had broken team protocols and as a result cannot be part of the team 'until the disciplinary process is complete.'
He added: 'The club will not tolerate this type of behavior and I am embarrassed for everyone associated.'
The Rebels launched a probe after it emerged that Beale may have punched Vuna in an altercation on the team bus.
Officials initially refused to name the individuals involved but tweets subsequently deleted by Vuna suggested Beale had assaulted him.
'I need to leave right now, this ain't for me! I tried to help someone but got punched so instead of putting him in hospital il [sic] leave!' Vuna posted in the early hours of the morning.
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But Hill added: 'The Club will not tolerate this type of behaviour and I am embarrassed for everyone associated with building this Club.'
Reports of the confrontation came after Hill had questioned whether his players had pride in the jersey.
'Our guys just didn't show up and it's quite embarrassing to be honest,' he said after his side's mauling at the ABSA Stadium.
'It's probably the worst defeat I've ever been associated with through the club, and I'm really questioning the pride these guys have in the jersey.
'Even though it's a new team, you've got to be prepared to leave blood on the field when you're playing a team like the Sharks. And our guys didn't.'