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Departing Dragon Sailor charged with aggravated sexual assault

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10th October, 2020
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St George Illawarra NRL player Tristan Sailor has been charged with aggravated sexual assault after an alleged incident last weekend.

Sailor, who is set to be released by St George Illawarra at the end of the season, was arrested in Wollongong on Saturday.

Officers searched the home he shares with his parents, including his father and former Wallabies and Kangaroos star Wendell Sailor.

Tristan Sailor has been refused bail, and is due to face Wollongong Local Court on Sunday.

“Police will allege in court that the man sexually assaulted the woman, during which she sustained injuries, at a home in Sydney’s south last Saturday,” police said in a statement.

Both the NRL and the Dragons are aware of the situation, which involves a 24-year-old woman.

“The club is taking the matter very seriously and will continue to work with Tristan and all relevant authorities,” the Dragons said in a statement.

“The NRL integrity unit has also been made aware.

“While Tristan won’t be at the Dragons in 2021, the club will continue to provide any necessary welfare support as he comes to terms with the matter.”

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Sailor has had five games at the Dragons since making his debut in late 2019 before being told last month he would not be re-signed.

A former Queensland under-20s player, he was expected to attract plenty of interest from clubs once further details of next year’s salary cap and roster numbers were finalised.

The 22-year-old playmaker remains part of the Dragons club until his current contract expires on October 31.

His arrest came on a chaotic day for the NRL.

Parramatta centre Michael Jennings had earlier been stood down for returning a positive test to performance-enhancing drugs, just hours before the Eels’ semi-final against South Sydney.

It also comes just weeks before fellow Dragons player Jack de Belin is set to defend aggravated sexual assault charges levelled against him in a Wollongong court.

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