Early on Sunday, Sydney Roosters contracted player Anthony Watts was charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm.

The matter will go to court on Thursday 21 April, 2011.

In relation to the charge, Sydney Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce said that the seriousness of the charge underlined the need to ensure that all the facts were established before any judgment was made by the club.

The club is aware Anthony had been out with fellow Sydney Roosters teammate Todd Carney and will conduct a thorough investigation and provide a report to the NRL within the next 48 hours.