NRL star pleads not guilty to charges after alleged assault of 16-year-old

Joshua Curran started his rugby league career in 2019 but recently he has been making headlines for different reasons.

The second row debuted in the NRL for eventual Grand Final winners Sydney Roosters in 2019 prior to making a move to New Zealand Warriors.

Since then he has made 37 appearances for the club scoring eight tries.

No doubt hoping for a big 2023 season under new boss and former Hull KR assistant coach Andrew Webster who is tipped for big things as a coach and has brought in former Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield Trinity and Hull FC boss Richard Agar to act as his assistant.

However, as Curran prepared for the new season he has had to deal with other things outside of rugby league.

He was hit multiple charges in court regarding an alleged assault at a Port Macquarie nightclub on the night of the 2022 NRL Grand Final.

These charges included reckless grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and larceny.

However, he has pleaded not guilty to these charges as the case came before Port Macquarie local court this week, but the Warriors star was not required to attend so it was his lawyer via video link who confirmed Curran’s plea.

This is according to the Daily Telegraph and Zerotackle.

The charges are related to an alleged violent assault and the theft of a phone from a 16-year-old boy at a nightclub on William St after an investigation by Mid-North Coast Police.

The victim was allegedly left with facial and dental injuries after the incident, which occurred in the early hours of the morning.

Curran was subsequently arrested after attending Manly police station over two weeks later.

Curran’s bail has been extended, and the case has been adjourned until February 1, 2023. He is not subject to the NRL’s no-fault stand-down policy.

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