National Rugby League statement on Manase Fainu

The National Rugby League has today advised the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles that Manase Fainu will be subject to the No-Fault Stand Down rule should he be granted bail prior to the completion of court proceedings.

Fainu was today 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. He will automatically be stood down from all matches, including the Club Nines and the NRL Premiership, on a no-fault basis until court proceedings are completed.

NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said the stand down rule made no judgment on guilt or innocence, but protected the reputation of the Game and its stakeholders.

“The no-fault stand down rule provides for the automatic stand down of players on a no-fault basis where they are charged with a serious criminal offence,” he said.

“Given the charges, Manase Fainu is automatically subject to the no-fault stand down rule, which will remain in place until the outcome of the court proceedings.”

The No-Fault Stand Down rule was introduced in March this year and was confirmed by the Federal Court in May.

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