Australia
Di Patston and ARU settle out of court
ESPN Staff
May 5, 2015

Di Patston has resolved her claim against the Australian Rugby Union for compensation under the Fair Work Act. The claim was due to be heard in the Federal Circuit Court on June 2, but the board and Patston issued a joint statement on Tuesday to say they had "reached mutual agreement in relation to the matter in the interests of all parties" and the matter was now closed.

Patston received an inappropriate text message from Kurtley Beale last year, on a flight from South Africa to Argentina, sparking a heated argument that ultimately led to a number of issues within the Wallabies quickly. Then coach Ewen McKenzie quit after speculation over internal dissent and his relationship with Patston, while she also quit her position as Wallabies team business manager, citing stress relating to the incident. Patston said later that the controversy had driven her to contemplate suicide, while ARU management of the scandal drew criticism. Beale was fined Aus$48,000 for sending the text and for being rude and disrespectful to Wallabies team management, but he was subsequently recalled to Australia's test squad.

The terms of the settlement are confidential, but the ARU said in the statement that it "recognises the distress caused to Ms Patston and her family and friends in relation to the events of last year and sincerely regrets that this occurred".

"The ARU wishes Ms Patston well in her future and thanks her for her diligent service at the ARU from August 2013 to October 2014 as Wallaby Team Business Manager," the union said in the statement. "The matter is now resolved and neither the ARU nor Ms Patston will be making any further comment about the matter."

Lawyers for Patston issued subpoenas to the ARU just two weeks ago as they sought access to key information to support her claim. They had previously lodged a full brief of evidence with the Court in Brisbane, with a series of affidavits that outline Patston's grievances against her former employers.

The evidence is believed to have included emails and text messages as well as contributions from McKenzie.

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