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Beale seeks bail variation amid talk of rugby contract

Jack Gramenz -

Suspended Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale is seeking to vary bail conditions to potentially play rugby overseas as he awaits trial on sexual assault allegations.

The attempt to vary his bail has been opposed by NSW prosecutors, who say no playing contract has been tabled and there would be no oversight of Beale's compliance with his existing bail conditions outside the state.

The 34-year-old pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent and two counts of sexual touching in July.

He allegedly sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman at the Beach Road Hotel near Bondi Beach in December.

Beale's barrister Margaret Cunneen SC told the NSW District Court on Tuesday the allegations against Beale are a "pretty classic case".

Judge Warwick Hunt said he did not know anything about the allegations.

"I don't know much about Mr Beale but obviously he has a public profile and obviously he earns his living as a professional sportsperson ," he said.

The bail variation reflected his desire to remain employed ahead of his trial, the judge inferred.

Crown prosecutor Darren Robinson said it was a slightly separate issue.

"At this stage there is no contract that has been tabled," he said.

Varying Beale's bail would allow him to leave the jurisdiction while facing very serious sexual assault allegations.

While not suggesting Beale would not return for his trial in the NSW District Court in January, Mr Robinson cautioned against letting him leave the state.

"When a person leaves the jurisdiction, this court has no control potentially over that person … there are a number of things that can happen if a person leaves the jurisdiction," he said.

Beale's application to vary his bail will be heard on Tuesday.

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National Sexual Abuse and Redress Support Service 1800 211 028

Jack Gramenz - AAP

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