Rugby League World Cup star stood down after alleged hammer attack

NRL player Talatau Amone has been charged over an alleged incident which occurred in 2022 and reportedly also involved his father.

Following this, today he has been stood down by the NRL.

The NRL said:

“The National Rugby League (NRL) is aware that New South Wales Police have charged Talatau Junior Amone with reckless grievous bodily harm in company, destroy or damage property and stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm, following an alleged incident in 2022.

“The NRL has advised the St George Illawarra Dragons that Talatau Junior Amone is subject to the Mandatory No-Fault Stand Down Condition under the NRL Rules.

“Under the condition, the player is not permitted to participate as a player in the NRL competition or any related, representative or other competition or pre-season trial match.”

This came after this statement from St George Illawarra Dragons when it was first reported:

“Dragons player Talatau Amone has been charged in relation to an alleged incident earlier this year.

“The club has notified the NRL integrity unit.

“As this is a legal matter the club will be making no further comment.”

According to the Sydney Morning Herald he has been hit with a number of charges pertaining to an alleged hammer attack near his home.

He has subsequently been denied bail.

It is not an ideal situation for the club especially as they deal with other recent controversies.

At the end of last season only three of their top 30 attended the end of season awards at the club.

Meanwhile, there was a recent scrap between players at a training session in front of fans which has sparked widespread discussion.

Furthermore, the club has suggested a controversial name change which would end the harmony between the two clubs who came together to form this side with the Illawarra part of the name potentially being dropped in the near future.