Another twist in the ongoing Kurtley Beale saga has emerged with a senior Wallaby claiming he may not have been entirely to blame for the situation.
It is claimed that former staffer Di Patson described Beale as “a pig” after the pair’s altercation on a flight to Argentina. The player told The Daily Telegraph last night that on the morning of Monday, September 29, when the team arrived in Argentina, Patston asked him Beale’s age.
“She was extremely emotional and she said that it was too late for Kurtley,” the player said.
“She told me that with her 13 years of experience in psychology, it was her view that he will lose his best friend, then his marriage.”
The senior Wallaby said she called Beale a “pig” for his sexist texts and that she and the coach, Ewen McKenzie had agreed that he was two different people.
However, in another major twist it has been alleged that the text message exchange submitted as evidence in the conduct hearing has been manipulated.
It is understood that a third party, and not Beale, is responsible for the most offensive text sent to Patston that has thrown Australian rugby into a state of turmoil.
Beale is set to face a tribunal at the ARU headquarters, however he will go into the panel with evidence from his own phone records that are at odds with Patston’s account. Lawyers from both sides will be shown the results of forensic examinations of his phone.
Experts spent yesterday deciphering the messages sent from Beale’s phone on June 9. These do not appear to match Patston’s.
Beale will make a 70-page submission to the hearing and has requested that both McKenzie and Patston are present for cross examination. Neither will attend.
His legal team is expected to argue Beale should be allowed to join the Wallabies’ spring tour and be paid compensation for his considerable legal bills.