Kurtley Beale will not be staying with the Melbourne Rebels for 2014

Last Updated: 13/07/13 10:41am

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Kurtley Beale: Has had off-the-field issues

Kurtley Beale: Has had off-the-field issues

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The Melbourne Rebels have announced that they will not offer Wallabies back Kurtley Beale a new contract for the 2014 season.

The Rebels are conducting an end-of-season clear-out, having announced last week that Beale's international team mate James O'Connor will also not be returning.

Beale has endured a troubled campaign and was stood down by the Rebels for over a month when he punched a pair of team mates in a boozy incident on the team bus in South Africa early in the season.

He was stood down for drinking again in May and spent time in a private health clinic, but he did feature for Australia in their recent series loss to the Lions, slipping and missing a late penalty which would have won the first Test.

Personal challenges

Rebels chief executive Rob Clark said: "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.

"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 continue his off-field programme in Sydney and the Rebels believe that he should remain there supported by his family network.

"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."

As well as releasing Beale and O'Connor, Melbourne have sacked head coach Damien Hill and have let go captain Gareth Delve, plus Wallabies backs Nick Phipps and Cooper Vuna.

They ended the season with a 38-37 win over the Highlanders on Friday but were already eliminated from play-off contention.

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