The NRL has lifted the no-fault stand-down of St George Illawarra youngster Talatau Amone.
Amone, 20, was stood down in January after being charged 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.
But Tuesday’s announcement means he is once against available for selection for the Dragons, who had the bye and didn’t play in round one.
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“The National Rugby League has today confirmed that the no-fault stand-down condition will no longer apply to St George Illawarra player Talatau Junior Amone, effective immediately,” the NRL said in a statement.
“Mr Amone is now eligible to be selected to participate as a player in the NRL competition.”
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In 2019, the NRL introduced the no-fault stand-down for players charged with a criminal offence where the maximum prison term is 11 years or longer.
Had Amone’s case been heard in the district court, he faced the prospect of up to 14 years in prison.
However, his case will now be dealt with by the local court, where the maximum sentence is five years.
Amone’s lawyer, Elias Tabchouri, said last Wednesday that the 20-year-old maintains he’s innocent.
The Dragons play Gold Coast on Sunday.
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