This is Part 2 of four articles about each club’s rookie to watch in the 2022 NRL season.
Melbourne have stood down Tui Kamikamica after the forward was charged by Queensland Police “over an alleged incident involving a woman outside a Brisbane hotel”.
The Storm released a statement saying the club had been informed of the charges on Thursday afternoon and subsequently “advised the NRL integrity unit immediately”.
“Due to the seriousness of the allegations, the club made the decision to stand down Kamikamica, pending his plea in response to the allegations, the NRL Integrity Unit investigation and the club concluding a formal, in-person interview with Kamikamica, who remains out of state. This will take place next week,” the statement read.
“Storm believes firmly that there is no place in the game or society for violence against women at any time, in any circumstance.
“The club will not make further comment until it has been advised of Kamikamica’s plea and conducted further enquiries.”
Kamikamica has played 55 matches for Melbourne since debuting in 2017.