Bondi, NSW: Kurtley Beale faces court over sexual assault charge

Rugby star Kurtley Beale will appear in court on Saturday after being charged over an alleged sexual assault in Sydney’s east last year.

Police allege a 28-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at a pub on Beach Road in Bondi on December 17.

The 33-year-old was arrested on Friday afternoon in a vehicle stop after leaving Waratahs training and questioned for several hours at Waverley Police station before he was charged.

He faces two counts of sexually touching another person without consent, incite another to sexually touch them without consent and sexual intercourse without consent.

He was refused bail to appear before Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

Detectives from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command launched Strike Force Titheradge to investigate the allegation after officers from the Tweed/Byron District received a report about the incident.

In a joint statement on Friday evening, Rugby Australia, the NSW Waratahs and the Rugby Union Players Association said they were “aware of the situation involving Kurtley Beale”.’

“As this is a police matter, and we understand there has been no charge made, we will be making no further comment at this time,” the statement said.

Mr Beale had recently been named as one of the 44 players to join a four-day Wallabies training camp on the Gold Coast as the Rugby World Cup approaches.

He returned to Australian Rugby after his two-year contract with French team Racing 92 ended, signing on to the Waratahs.

The fullback has played 95 Tests for Australia after making his Wallabies debut in 2009.

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