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Troubled Oz star Beale axed by Rebels

The Melbourne outfit have decided not to offer the 24-year-old a new contract.

Kurtley Beale (right) has a polite disagreement with Ireland's Conor Murray.
Kurtley Beale (right) has a polite disagreement with Ireland's Conor Murray.
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THE MELBOURNE REBELS have parted company with troubled star Kurtley Beale, declining to offer him a contract for next season.

Beale was not selected for the Rebels’ final match of their Super Rugby campaign against the Highlanders at AAMI Park on Friday, and the club have now announced that he will be following Wallabies team-mate James O’Connor out the door.

“Whilst Kurtley has been a valuable and popular player for the Rebels over the last two years, it is no secret that he has been facing some significant personal challenges,” Rebels chief executive Rob Clarke.

“The Rebels have supported him through this process and at all times have made decisions in the best interests of Kurtley’s welfare.

“Kurtley will to continue his off-field program in Sydney and the Rebels believe that he should remain there supported by his family network.”

Beale’s departure is just the latest in an exodus of Rebels talent, with O’Connor, Cooper Vuna Gareth Delve, Ged Robinson and coach Damien Hill all leaving the club.

“The Melbourne Rebels have announced some major changes in recent weeks, signifying a strong intention to elevate the performance of the organisation and build a sustainable winning culture both on and off the field,” Clarke said.

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