Kurtley Beale returns to Melbourne Rebels squad

Kurtley Beale
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Australian Kurtley Beale returns to the Melbourne Rebels squad following a suspension.

Australian Kurtley Beale has returned to the Melbourne Rebels squad following a suspension for alcohol-related issues.

The full-back, who was suspended in March, is widely expected to face the British and Irish Lions this summer if he can prove his fitness.

Coach Damien Hill said: "Each decision ultimately is made in the best interest of the club and the team.

"In this instance, that is what we believe we have done, and that is the most important aspect in this decision for him to return from the bench on Friday night.

"He presented to the playing group in a very candid and honest manner. Knowing these players well, I know how much they want the club to succeed, and have welcomed him back."

Beale had previously been involved in a host of off-the-field clashes.

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