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Beale assault charge dropped
April 17, 2013
The Rebels' Kurtley Beale scores a try against the Waratahs, New South Wales Waratahs v Melbourne Rebels, Super Rugby, March 1, 2013
Kurtley Beale (r) has one less problem to face after the mediation process produced an out-of-court agreement © Getty Images
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Troubled Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has escaped charge over an alleged assault on a Brisbane night club bouncer last June after successful mediation on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred last year when Beale was on a night out with Wallabies team-mate Quade Cooper. The pair, both injured at the time, was reportedly refused entry to a local pub.

A Brisbane court was told on Wednesday morning that Beale and his alleged victim had reached an out-of-court agreement and the matter was dismissed.

The outcome is a welcome piece of good news for Beale, who is taking an indefinite break from rugby to deal with personal issues relating to alcohol after punching Melbourne Rebels skipper Gareth Delve and team-mate Cooper Vuna on the team bus last month.

It is not yet known whether the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) will sanction the 24-year-old over the nightclub incident now that legal proceedings have concluded.

Beale is currently completing a counselling program and must prove he is in the right mental state to return before ARU officials will sanction his comeback for the Rebels and Wallabies.

Test coach Robbie Deans has left the door ajar for Beale to return for the three-Test series against the British & Irish Lions in June-July.

It is understood Beale is eager to return for the Rebels as soon as possible and earn selection for the first Lions Test in Brisbane on June 22.

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