MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) Kurtley Beale has been dropped from the Wallabies squad for the last Rugby Championship test against Argentina, sparking speculation that his omission had more to do with a lapse in conduct than form.
Beale was involved in an argument with an Australian Rugby Union official during the team's trip from South Africa to Argentina after last weekend's loss to the Springboks in Cape Town.
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie revealed in the hours leading up to his squad announcement that he'd referred the matter to the ARU's integrity unit, and told local media it was a "complicated" matter. Beale remained in Argentina with the squad and was available for selection, while a female staffer returned to Australia. No details were released, although the ARU released a statement saying its investigation would be completed by the end of next week.