Kurtley Beale was arrested on Friday in connection with an investigation into an alleged sexual assault, Australian media report.
The facts would have occurred on December 17 in Sydney.
According to News First, the Waratahs franchise player is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Bondi Beach hotel bathroom.
The victim reportedly filed a complaint against the player.
#Breaking: 10 News First can reveal rugby union and Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has been arrested over an alleged sexual assault.
The incident is alleged to have occurred in the toilets of the Beach Road Hotel at Bondi Beach on December 17, 2022. pic.twitter.com/ZHW9AklwFz
— 10 News First (@10NewsFirst) January 20, 2023
The Australian Rugby Federation said it was "aware of the situation".
Beale, recruited last year by the Waratahs team after two seasons at French club Racing 92, was in custody at a Sydney police station.
Australian police said a man has been charged with "two counts of sexually touching another person without their consent, inciting another person to sexually touch them without their consent and having sex without their consent. consent ".
The facts date back to December and would have taken place in a bar in Bondi, a famous seaside resort in the suburbs of Sydney.
“Rugby Australia, the Waratahs and the Australian Rugby Players Union (RUPA) are aware of the situation involving Kurtley Beale,” the federation had previously said in a statement, declining to comment on this “police matter”.
Beale (34, 95 caps), of Aboriginal origin, returned to Australia to better prepare for the 2023 World Cup. He was recalled in the fall of 2021 by the Wallabies, with whom he had not played since 2019 .
Beale took part in a recent Wallabies training camp and if he is selected for the World Cup in France, he will join George Gregan and Adam Ashley-Cooper who also played in four World Cups with Australia.
But coach Dave Rennie has since been sacked and replaced by former England boss Eddie Jones.