On Monday, North Queensland Cowboys’ forward player Luciano Leilua was arrested and charged with domestic violence offenses after an alleged incident.
NSW police confirmed that on Monday, at around 1 pm, they were called to a home after reports of a domestic violence incident.
The NSW police officers who attended the home were told a 26-year-old man allegedly assaulted a woman known to him, and he broke the woman’s phone.
Luciano was arrested from home and taken to a local police station, where he was charged with common assault and damaging or destroying the property. After being charged, Luciano was bailed to appear at a local court on 11 October.
NRL spokesperson said about this incident that the matter has been brought to the attention of the NRL Integrity Unit, and they are liaising with the North Queensland club.
The North Queensland club said in a statement that it had been made aware of an alleged incident regarding Leilua, which has resulted in a police charge.
The statement said The club is gathering further information and assisting the NRL Integrity Unit, providing support to all parties involved, and further comment will be made in due course.
Leilua is selected in Samoa’s squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup in the UK.
It is not clear that NRL would do any potential no-fault stand-down policy decision and carry it across to the upcoming Rugby League World Cup in the UK.
The NRL’s automatic stand-down policy brings a minimum 11-year prison sentence for charges, but Leilua’s case does not fall in that category.
Previously under the discretionary part of the policy, the NRL has stood down several players charged with domestic violence.