Wallabies star Kurtley Beale opens up on grog hell that saw him hit rock bottom when he got drunk and fought two teammates before checking himself into rehab
- Kurtley Beale reveals struggles with alcohol that almost derailed his career
- Wallabies star got drunk and fought two teammates while in South Africa
- Beale checked himself into a rehab facility and says he deserved every sanction
Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has lifted the lid on his struggles with alcohol that saw him reach a personal low point when he got drunk and fought two teammates before checking himself into a rehab facility.
In 2013, the playmaker came to blows with Melbourne Rebels teammates Gareth Delve and Cooper Vuna just hours after a record-breaking 64-7 loss to the Sharks in South Africa.
Wallabies star Kurtley Beale (pictured with partner) has opened up about the struggles with alcohol that saw him check himself into a rehab facility
In 2013, the playmaker (pictured playing for the Wallabies in 2017) came to blows with Melbourne Rebels teammates Gareth Delve and Cooper Vuna in South Africa
It’s understood captain Gareth Delve asked Beale to put a shirt on before arriving at the team hotel and was abused and assaulted for doing so.
Vuna then intervened, punches were thrown and Beale was flattened.
The 33-year-old now admits that he was in the wrong and deserved every punishment he received.
‘I checked myself into rehab. It came off the back end of the Rebels, me getting in a stink with one of the other players,’ Beale revealed in the Stan-produced feature Kurtley: My Story.
‘I made a bit of a porkchop of myself and absolutely deserved every sanction and everything like that. It was the time there where things weren’t going right for me. I had to get help.
‘With the support going back to my pillars, they pretty much said, maybe let’s go down this route and try find yourself a bit. It was pretty tough.
It’s understood captain Gareth Delve asked Beale to put a shirt on before arriving at the team hotel and was abused and assaulted for doing so. Cooper Vuna (pictured) then intervened, punches were thrown and Beale was flattened
‘You think as a young kid you know everything, right? You know everything. I always see it as it’s all learnings. It’s a time for growth and I found that period really helpful because it was all about reconnecting with my identity because I lost it.
‘I didn’t know who I was. When you don’t have that sense of who you are and that attachment of yourself then you lose yourself by not staying true to yourself.’
Beale was told he wouldn’t be selected for the Wallabies until he had completed his stint in rehab. He ended up being selected in the side to compete in the British and Irish Lions series, but didn’t perform at his best and slipped while taking a crucial penalty kick.
Beale (pictured playing for the Wallabies in 2019) was told he wouldn’t be selected for the Wallabies until he had completed his stint in rehab
‘I was very lucky to be picked in that Lions squad after that,’ he said.
‘I felt good and everything, but the way the games went on, it wasn’t the best.
‘Again, they’re all kind of learnings, you’ve just got to accept it and then move on from that.’
The incident in South Africa was also an important moment for Cooper Vuna, who said his actions on the night were also the result of drinking too much alcohol.
Before the fight with Beale he hadn’t touched a drop in 18 months and was embarrassed he had to be sent home afterwards.
Beale (pictured) ended up being selected in the side to compete in the British and Irish Lions series, but didn’t perform at his best and slipped while taking a crucial penalty kick
‘That night, I kind of slipped with just one (drink) which led to a few,’ he said in 2013.
‘Looking back at it, I shouldn’t even been at that area at the time. I slipped that night, it won’t happen again.’
‘This is more of a big thing because I didn’t just hurt myself, I hurt more my family, my church as well and my club.’