The Kurtley Beale incident is just the latest in a long line of off field issues that have seriously hindered the Wallabies from being able to achieve their full potential on the field.
No matter how good a player is, antics like the one during the flight to Brazil are unacceptable, it damages the reputation of the team, and is far from the standard level of professionalism that anyone would expect from a professional sportsmen such as Kurtley Beale.
The Wallabies have been a side that has choked in the biggest games on a yearly basis since 2005, barring the victory over the All Blacks in Brisbane which sent a warning to the rest of the rugby world just prior to the World Cup in 2011.
The actions of certain players off the field are contributing factors in the reasons why the Wallabies are not playing to their potential.
This side is not getting the positive results that they constantly set themselves up for.
The Wallabies get into viable positions on the scoreboard to win matches, only to completely implode in the final twenty minutes and lose. The Wallabies are brilliant at creating opportunities to score tries, but lack the execution, and some believe that this can be put down to key players getting too excited when panic sets in within 5 metres of the try line.
Off field related incidents have occurred with Kurtley Beale before.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported this morning that alcohol was not a direct factor in the Kurtley Beale incident where he became involved in a verbal altercation with a member of team management.
But alcohol issues have been an issue before.
According to the SMH, anyone and everyone in the Wallabies team are allowed to drink directly after a test match, no matter what the result.
Potentially, this current standard gives a mentality to the team that while it sucks to lose those big games, like the one this past weekend against the Springboks, the results don’t really matter too much at the end of the day.
It is also relevant to point out that many of these cases which has seen the Wallabies side embroiled into sudden controversy have involved players, Beale included, who’s selections in the starting line up are already questionable enough.
With Quade Cooper, a controversial man himself, set to re-enter the Wallabies side as soon as the All Blacks test in Brisbane, this Wallabies culture again needs some serious work done to it.