Australian Rugby Union statement on Paris allegations

by Staff Writer

Australian Rugby Union has completed enquiries into allegations of an incident on last year’s Wallabies tour to France and has found no grounds to take action against any players.

ARU has spoken to all relevant parties and to other members of the squad following the emergence of allegations surrounding three players – Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor and Quade Cooper.

ARU has ascertained there was a disagreement between the players during the week leading into the Test against France which the Wallabies won in record-breaking fashion.

However, the players involved maintain it was not of a serious nature, there was no one else present and subsequent enquiries have failed to find any other first-hand witnesses.

There has also been no corroboration that the players were fined internally, forfeited their match payments or that there was any police involvement.

ARU was unaware of the allegations until contacted by a number of media organisations on Sunday. Subsequently, enquiries were made.

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