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The St George Illawarra Dragons have elected to stand down Willie Manu from tomorrow nights match with the Warriors at WIN Stadium following notification he has today been charged by Wollongong Police.
Manu, accompanied by his solicitor, presented himself this morning to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged over an alleged assault following an incident at a Wollongong night club on Sunday, May 15.
The Dragons, aware Manu was detained by police on the 15th, have been awaiting clarification of the circumstances.
The Club has requested Willie Manu and his appropriate representatives to attend a meeting with representatives of the Dragons Board of Directors next week to explain the circumstances.
?The Club expects our players to represent the Dragons in a professional manner both on and off the field, said Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust. ?We have made our position clear in the past about where we stand in relation to acceptable standards of community behaviour.
?Obviously this situation is of concern to the Club and Willie will need to explain the circumstances to us next week before any further action may be indicated,? added Doust.
?We understand Willie plans to vigorously defend the charges.