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02nd Jan 2017

VIDEO: Australian rugby star arrested for New Year’s Day street brawl

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Sean McMahon

His hopes of making a return to Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) seem all but gone.

Australian rugby league star, Chris Sandow, has been arrested for a street brawl which took place in the rural Queensland town of Cherbourg.

The incident took place on New Year’s Day.

Sandow is an indigenous rugby league player who was once tipped to be one of the game’s rising stars, winning rookie of the year in 2008 when he began his career with South Sydney.

His impressive performance for the side resulted in a lucrative transfer to Parramatta in 2012 where he was reported to be earning up to $500,000 a year.

However, revelations of a gambling addiction and a number of rocky performances led the Queenslander abroad, where he signed for English based side, Warrington Warriors, in 2015, the Daily Telegraph reports.

His time in England wasn’t without controversy either, he walked out on his contract with the Warriors in November, citing that he was ‘homesick’.

And any ambition that Sandow had of making a return to the NRL seem to be over now.

A video has emerged of him involved in a New Year’s Day street fight which you can see below.

The same report states that the fight was sparked by an incident which occurred on New Year’s Eve.

It is understood that a number of other brawls took place throughout the rural town of Cherbourg which is 260km north-west of Brisbane.

Queensland police released the following statement in relation to the incident.

“Police have charged a 27-year-old man from Cherbourg with public nuisance following investigations into an alleged incident. This is part of an investigation by police into an alleged ongoing disturbance which has occurred at Cherbourg on the weekend. As a result the man has been issued with a Notice to Appear in the Murgon Magistrates Court on January 10. Investigations are continuing,” a spokesman said.

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