Australian Rugby Union confirm investigation after reported fracas between Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale


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The Australian Rugby Union have confirmed they are investigating an incident involving Wallabies stars Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale at a Brisbane hotel on Thursday night.

The pair were reportedly caught up in a scuffle with security guards at the Victory Hotel. Police were called to the scene but no arrests were made at the time, although they are investigating the incident.

"We've been made aware of an incident overnight and are still making our own enquiries," an ARU statement read.

"As a matter of process the issue will be referred to an ARU disciplinary review procedure. We have nothing further to add at this stage."

The incident has come less than 48 hours before the Wallabies take on Six Nations champions Wales at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Beale and Cooper are not part of the Wallabies side for that clash but the incident is unwanted for both players, who are currently in rehabilitation from injuries.

Beale is recovering from shoulder surgery and was staying with the team in Brisbane in the hope of recovering in time for the second Test against Wales in Melbourne next week.

The incident could jeopardise the Melbourne Rebels playmaker's chances of making the squad for that game and possibly the rest of the series.

Cooper, who has played one-and-a-half games since a knee reconstruction, was released from the Wallabies camp last weekend to continue working on his fitness for the rest of the Super Rugby season and the Test matches later in the year.