Rugby League In The Headlines For All The Wrong Reasons

The National Rugby League face further headaches after several players were charged by police this week.

There are fresh reports that South Sydney’s Dylan Walker, and up and coming Canterbury Bulldogs Tyrone Phillips were present at a violent brawl which took place in early November at a Sydney restaurant.  Both have been charged with affray following the incident.

“Today we are dealing with another unacceptable and unnecessary situation,” said Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle.

“Des and I will continue to work with the leadership group to ensure our younger players fully understand what it means to be and what it takes to be a quality athlete, a good Bulldogs Club person and a valued member of the community at large.”

Phillips and Walker are having their cases reviewed by the National Rugby League Integrity Unit.

We bought to you via AFP earlier this week that Manly Sea-Eagles forward Richie Fa’aoso was charged with malicious damage, failing to stop a vehicle when directed to do so, and drink driving.  This was following an alleged domestic dispute that is being denied by his club.

To cap off a bad week for the code, Russell Packer’s spoke to police following an assault in Sydney over the weekend and new Bulldogs recruit Reni Maitua was charged with assaulting a cab driver.

The National Rugby League to some extent have improved the investigations of off-field events through their Integrity Unit.  But you get the feeling that the only way this can be reduced is by handing out some punishments for bringing the game into disrepute if they are found guilty following court proceedings.


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