Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale will face one count of common assault following an alleged scuffle at a Brisbane hotel. This followed Beale and teammate Quade Cooper being refused entry at the Victory Hotel in the early hours of the morning before the first Australia-Wales Test. The ARU, told of the common assault charge by Queensland Police yesterday, halted its disciplinary process relating to Beale until the police matter is resolved. Beale remains available for Super Rugby and the Wallabies. No action is expected to be taken regarding Cooper's involvement that night.
ELSOM'S STEELY OUTLOOK
The Sydney club scene is swirling with claims that former Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom is being pursued by the Japanese club Kobe Steel. One figure being thrown around is well above $1 million per season. Several snouts are saying French clubs are showing interest in Kurtley Beale, and he could be lured, while Brumbies coach Jake White's appearance at Wallabies training in Melbourne is another sign David Pocock will probably head to Canberra next season. One other notable Wallaby remains intrigued about playing in Japan, and is expected to go. The Waratahs are also close to finalising their player contracts for next year, and it seems they won't include any new big names. And a big ''thanks for the memories'' announcement involving Stirling Mortlock is expected today.
WALLABIES TURN ON A PARTY
There's lot of excitement about the first afternoon Test at Allianz Stadium since 1995 when the Wallabies play Wales there on Saturday. There will be a fan day at the SCG - which last hosted a Wallabies Test in 1986 - and the interactive experience will continue after the game when fans can share a drink in the forecourt plaza outside the stadium, and watch a replay of the Test on the big screen above its entrance. A trust members' marquee will also be erected on the SCG practice wickets, complete with four pool tables. So quit talking, start chalking!
MAMBO DOG IN DEMAND
The state junior age championships last weekend prompted near riots when the Randwick team proudly carried the Mambo Farting Dog emblem on the front of their jerseys. After matches, the jerseys were targeted, with countless opposing players trying to pinch them off the Galloping Greens representatives.
RUMOURS OF THE WEEKEND
❏ Two well-known Wallabies have been advised not to turn up to their province's fan days because of concerns they will arrive tired and emotional. They do have form in this area, if you catch my drift.
❏ Members of one of the many financially struggling Shute Shield clubs have been asked to pitch in through a debenture issue. The once successful club has trading issues.
❏ Two Australian coaches are being pursued by the Springboks and South Africa's Bulls.
❏ A long-standing and ambitious provincial official is holding off renewing his improved contract as he waits to learn whether high-ranking ARU officials head off to the IRB. He clearly sees an opening for himself at St Leonards.
❏ A provincial prop was upset when his coach complained that he played like a ''@#$% camp dweller''.