Wallaby and Rebels playmaker Kurtley Beale will be removing himself from rugby and taking an indefinite leave in order to deal with off-field issues.
“Kurtley will take an indefinite leave of absence from playing rugby to seek assistance in resolving personal issues,” said the Rebels in a statement.
“Kurtley has voluntarily entered a private health facility in order to undertake counselling for ongoing issues.”
“He has done this with the backing of ARU, RUPA and the Melbourne Rebels who congratulate him on this decision to seek assistance.”
The announcement comes on the heels of alcohol-related issues that the 24-year old has been dealing with.
Beale’s problematic antics initially made headlines this year when he had a reported altercation with Rebels teammates Gareth Delve and Cooper Vuna in South Africa in March.
Beale then broke an agreement to abstain from alcohol when he drank while attending a rugby league match between the Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders in May.
Beale’s possible inclusion in the Wallaby squad to face the British & Irish Lions is conditional upon the playmaker’s success in his off-field rehabilitation.
“Any future selection will be dependent upon successful completion of his treatment programme,” said the statement.