Former Kiwis prop Packer charged with assault
Former NZ Warriors and Kiwis prop Russell Packer has been charged with assault following an altercation in Sydney's CBD in which he allegedly fractured a man's eye socket.
Packer, who left the Warriors for the Newcastle Knights at the end of this NRL season, voluntarily turned up at a Newcastle police station today.
He had previously been interviewed by police in relation to an incident in Martin Place early on Saturday morning that left a 22-year-old man unconscious.
Packer, who has also also been charged with failing to leave a licensed premises, was granted bail today and is due to face court on January 6.
The NRL integrity unit is also investigating the incident, potentially placing the 24-year-old's career move in doubt.
Packer made 110 appearances for the Warriors but had a low-key final season at Mt Smart -- he only came to prominence when television camera caught him urinating on Suncorp Stadium before kick-off in a game against the Brisbane Broncos in June.
The charges against Packer follow Manly and Tonga prop Richie Fa'aoso fronting court in Sydney after allegedly smashing furniture, kicking a door off its hinges and breaking a window during a drunken domestic dispute last weekend.