Cooper Vuna and Kurtley Beale set to face hearing over Durban brawl.
The immediate playing future of Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna are in serious doubt as the pair prepare to face a disciplinary hearing this week.
Beale and Vuna were sent home from the Melbourne Rebels trip to South Africa after they were accused of fighting on a Durban street early on Sunday morning.
The reason why the fight began is unclear at this stage, with Rebels’ captain Gareth Delves also allegedly struck by Beale.
Vuna faces a probe over the incident and also the misuse of social media under the Rebels team policy, however, Beale is walking on thinner ice.
Beale is already awaiting a further hearing to be chaired by the ARU, after he allegedly struck a bouncer at a pub.
If found guilty of either or both incidents, his contract with the Super 15 franchise and the Australian Rugby Union could be terminated, in what would be a massive blow for the Wallabies ahead of the domestic season.
The Rebels are currently 1-4 this Super rugby season, and fresh off their 64-7 thrashing at the hands of the Sharks, coach Damien Hill said the players have already identified where they need to improve as they look to take on the Cheetahs this weekend.
“They’re still a fairly sullen group,” Hill said.
“But what they identified as a group was in line with what the coaches picked up.
“From all reports, they were very hard on themselves. They know they’ve got a week to turn it around.”