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UPDATE: Manly hooker Manase Fainu stood down under NRL's no-fault policy

Manase Fainu (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)
29th October, 2019
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Manly hooker Manase Fainu has been indefinitely stood down by the NRL under their no-fault policy introduced last year.

He was charged with the offences of wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, affray and reckless grievous bodily harm in company and has been denied bail.

Original story follows
Manly NRL hooker Manase Fainu has been charged over a stabbing at a church dance.

Manly hooker Manase Fainu’s NRL future is in doubt after he was charged over a stabbing.

Fainu will front court on Tuesday afternoon, where police will allege he produced a knife and stabbed another man at a church dance on Friday night.

He has been charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, affray and recklessly cause grievous bodily harm in company.

Fainu presented himself to NSW Police at Liverpool on Tuesday morning, after an incident at a church dance festival on Friday night.

The NRL’s integrity unit are aware of the incident and have at this stage left the investigation to NSW Police.

However, it’s likely the incident will land the 21-year-old in hot water under the NRL’s no-fault stand-down policy.

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Under the game’s laws, players charged with an offence that carries more than 11 years in prison are automatically stood down.

The charge of wounding or previous bodily harm with intent carries with it a maximum sentence of 25 years under NSW law. 

Any such ban would come as a massive blow for the Sea Eagles, who released hooker Apisai Koroisau at the end of last season for Fainu to take the No.9 jersey.

No other member of their squad has started in the position, with Zach Dockar-Clay the next best option through the lower grades.

Michael Lichaa, Kurt Baptiste and Michael Lichaa are among the hookers without a contract for 2020.

Both Manly and the NRL have been contacted for comment, but the league’s chief executive had earlier warned on Tuesday it was a reminder for players to behave before the charges were handed down.

“Again, it’s a reminder,” Greenberg said. 

“It’s a reminder that I’ve provided to our clubs and players a couple of weeks ago when we spoke, which is, for players not to put themselves in difficult situations where there can be trouble. 

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“Make good decisions and hold yourself accountable. 

“I can tell you that players are acutely aware of their responsibilities and if players between now and the start of next season get themselves into trouble, there will be significant consequences. 

“I’ve made that very clear and we’ll continue to do that.”

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