NRL rocked by second assault charge

Wests Tigers recruit Zane Musgrove has been charged with a range of offences, including aggravated indecent assault.

Nine News reported Musgrove and a companion were accused of aggravated indecent assault after an incident at the Coogee Bay Hotel last month.

Both men reportedly handed themselves into police earlier this week and will face court next month.

It’s more bad news for the NRL, just a day after Manly’s Dylan Walker was stood down from training with the Sea Eagles after an alleged domestic violence incident.

A police statement from the Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command read: “Two men have been charged following an investigation into an alleged indecent assault in Sydney’s east last month.

“About 12.30am on Saturday 24 November 2018, a 22-year-old woman was allegedly indecently assaulted by two men at a licensed premises in Coogee.

“The woman reported the alleged incident to security and later made a report to Eastern Beaches Police Area Command.

“Following inquiries by detectives, a 22-year-old man attended Maroubra Police Station on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

“He was arrested and charged with assault with act of indecency, aggravated indecent assault — offender in company, and common assault.

“About 8am on Thursday 6 December 2018, a 22-year-old man attended Maroubra Police Station.

“He was charged with assault with act of indecency, and aggravated indecent assault — offender in company.

“Both men were granted conditional bail to appear at Waverley Local Court on Wednesday 23 January 2019.”

Musgrove had played 27 games with the South Sydney Rabbitohs but was released to join the Tigers in November.

The front-rower is also a Samoan international and played in the 2017 World Cup.

The Wests Tigers released a statement on its website about the incident.

“Wests Tigers have been made aware of an alleged incident involving player Zane Musgrove. The club has alerted the NRL Integrity Unit of the matter,” the statement read.

“Wests Tigers takes its position in the community very seriously and will work with the NRL Integrity Unit and NSW Police on the allegations.

“The club will make no further comment on the matter until the investigation is complete.”

New Tigers coach Michael Maguire brought Musgrove to the club and when it was announced, praised the 22-year-old’s performances.

“When I worked with Zane previously and he played consecutive games I could see that he was growing into a really strong player,” said Maguire. “With more experience I can see him excelling in the future.

“He brings size, strength and skill to our pack and works hard on his defence. I look forward to working with him to help him reach his potential.”

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