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Laurie stood down after assault charge

By Todd Balym 16/09/2009 03:41:11 PM Comments (0)

The stop-start NRL career of Wests Tigers cult hero Daine Laurie is back on the skids after he was charged with assaulting his partner and stood down indefinitely on Wednesday.

Laurie is alleged to have assaulted his partner, the mother of his two children, at their Leumeah home shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

Campbelltown Police were called to the home and Laurie, 25, was arrested and charged with common assault a short time later.

He has been bailed to appear at Campbelltown Local Court on September 22.

Disturbingly Laurie is the seventh NRL player within 12 months charged with assaulting a female, continuing the worst season on record for player behaviour in rugby league.

The Tigers immediately stood Laurie down from all club activities pending the police investigation - thereby ruling him out of the Western Suburbs Magpies side for Saturday's NSW Cup semi-final against Wentworthville.

"The board has made the decision to stand Daine Laurie down for an indefinite period," said Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys in a statement.

"There is a need to allow the proper legal processes to run their course but we also believe standing Daine down is the appropriate course of action considering the best interest of all parties concerned.

"The club is working with authorities on the matter and is committed to providing support and counselling to all parties.

"The club enforces a strict code of conduct for all of its employees and is totally opposed to any action that places the health, safety and wellbeing of any individual in jeopardy."

Laurie has played 20 NRL games since his debut in 2008, 10 games in each season.

The impact forward played eight NRL games consecutively from round 10 to 17, but was left out of the Tigers side in the run to the finals after missing several training sessions.

Laurie is contracted at the Tigers until the end of the 2010 NRL season, but the assault allegations may jeopardise the final year of that deal with the club already losing patience over his attitude towards training late in the season.

Tigers and Australian coach Tim Sheens said he was surprised at the news of the incident but was unable to shed any further light about Laurie's future.

Sheens, who was meeting members of the Kangaroos train-on squad for the Four Nations tournament in England next month at the Sydney Football Stadium, said was disappointed with the news but was unaware of any specific details.

"The club will take whatever measure it has to but I am unable to discuss it any further as I don't really know any more details," Sheens said.

"It is disappointing but I am here in another role today with the green and gold shirt on and perhaps when I know more I can say more, but it is all in the hands of (Tigers chief executive) Steve Humphries."

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