NRL player Luciano Leilua has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being charged with assault and property damage.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.
The Queensland Cowboys back rower was charged with common assault and damaging or destroying property, during an incident involving a woman known to him. The alleged incident occurred in Sydney and could harm Leilua’s chances of playing for Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup later this year.