A late-night fast food run has landed Wallabies duo Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor in trouble and caused coach Robbie Deans another headache ahead of his side's must-win clash with the British & Irish Lions on Saturday.
Beale and O'Connor were caught on camera by a keen-eyed Lions fans at 4.00am on Wednesday morning at a Hungry Jacks outlet in Melbourne but Deans has named both in his side for their latest date with the Lions.
"That's not an ideal hour. We've had a conversation for sure. Suffice to say it wasn't a comfortable conversation," Deans said. "They haven't broken any team protocols, but obviously it's not best practice. They understood that, but it was too late. Yes they will be prepared for this game."
A Wallabies spokesman told The Daily Mail the pair were not consuming alcohol. ''There has been a full and thorough investigation of the information. The two players were out last night, but they were not drinking - 10 witnesses we have spoken to corroborated that,'' the spokesman said.
''Both players are adamant that they didn't drink and we have checked that out thoroughly. James O'Connor was driving. They have not broken any team protocols.''