Two Rebels sent home after dust up

Rebels flyhalf Kurtley Beale and wing Cooper Vuna have both have been sent back to Australia following a punch up between the two of them.

Just hours after the Rebels’ record 10-try defeat to the Sharks in Durban, Vuna Tweeted that Beale had hit him. The Tweet has now been deleted but not before it was published on a fan website.

Rebels head coach Damien Hill said Beale and Vuna had broken team protocols and as a result could not be part of the team until the disciplinary process was complete.

“The club will not tolerate this type of behaviour and I am embarrassed for everyone associated with building this club,” Hill said in a statement.

Beale did not play in the Durban match as he continues his recovery from hand surgery, while the Sharks game was Vuna’s first competitive match this season after a shoulder injury.

Beale was granted bail last July to attend mediation after appearing in court charged with common assault. He was allegedly involved in an altercation with a security guard after he and Wallabies team-mate Quade Cooper were refused entry to a Brisbane pub before Australia’s first Test with Wales in June. Beale is expected to undertake his first session of mediation next month.