Musgrove to appear in court on assault charges

Musgrove to appear in court on assault charges

South Sydney forward Zane Musgrove will appear in court on Wednesday facing charges of domestic violence against his former partner.

The 22-year-old has pleaded not guilty to two counts of common assault - one related to domestic violence - and another offence of causing damage to property.

The Rabbitohs, who will square off against St George Illawarra in a sudden-death semi-final at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night, informed the NRL Integrity Unit when the incident occurred earlier in the year.

Musgrove, who has played 27 games for South Sydney since his NRL debut in 2016, has not represented the Rabbitohs this season.

Rabbitohs forward Zane Musgrove.
Rabbitohs forward Zane Musgrove. ©NRL Photos

It is understood he was stood down before later resuming training with the club when he pleaded not guilty to charges. He has played two games in the Intrust Super Premiership this year.

The 110 kilogram prop, who made his international debut for Samoa at last year's World Cup, extended his deal with the Rabbitohs in 2016 until the end of 2020.

Musgrove, who was born in Auckland, will appear at Sydney Downing Centre on Wednesday.

On Friday night the Rabbitohs released a statement updating the club's investigations into media reports of alleged lewd behaviour by a player on social media and the Musgrove matter.

The incident, which allegedly took place in May, was reported by News Ltd publications on Friday morning. The Rabbitohs said a thorough investigation would be undertaken in conjunction and in close co-operation with the NRLs Integrity Unit.