Foxton-raised former New Zealand Warriors prop Russell Packer was sentenced to two years in jail today after a Sydney court heard that he stomped on his victim after a fight in Martin Place.
He was immediately taken into custody and his legal team will immediately lodge an appeal.
Packer, 24, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he bashed a man during a booze-fuelled night last year.
The victim suffered two fractured bones.
Downing Centre Local Court heard that Packer's contract with the Newcastle Knights has not been registered and that the player and his club will have to wait to see how the NRL reacts to the offence.
Packer also pleaded guilty to failing to quit licenced premises after he was ordered to leave a Sydney nightspot due to his intoxication and then sat on a chair 20 metres from the premises instead moving at least 50 metres away.
A Newcastle Knights spokeswoman said the club would issue a statement on the matter.
Packer was raised and schooled in Foxton.
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