NRL plans to punish star over alleged ‘king hit’
The NRL and NSWRL will consider allowing North Sydney to decide the sanction and punishment of arrested women's rugby league player, Nita Maynard.
Maynard, 28, was charged with two counts of common assault on Friday evening after an incident where she allegedly punched security guards during a boozy night out at Northies, Cronulla.
It will be alleged Maynard - who plays for Norths and the Sydney Roosters - was asked to leave the premises by security before punching a bouncer in the right eye.
Maynard was restrained by bouncers before police arrived and arrested her.
Currently contracted to Norths in the NSWRL, Maynard hasn't yet secured a deal with the Roosters for the upcoming NRLW competition, to be held later this season.
Contracts for all players in the NRLW are yet to be signed by any player.
Given Maynard isn't officially an NRL registered player, the governing body may allow Norths to hand out the punishment although rugby league's integrity unit will be closely monitoring any developments.
The NSWRL may also allow Norths to take action. Should Norths' punishment be insufficient, either the NRL or NSWRL could step in.
It would appear highly unlikely Maynard would be subjected to the NRL's no-fault stand down rule.
To be suspended through the game's no-fault stand-down rule, the players' offence must carry a maximum jail term of 11 years.
It is also unlikely Maynard would be available for Norths' next game in the NSWRL competition against Cronulla at North Sydney Oval on April 11.
Norths had a bye last weekend.
New Zealand-born Maynard is a former NSW State of Origin player whose alleged assault on a security guard was described by an onlooker as a "dog shot."
One pub patron contacted The Daily Telegraph, saying: "She was asked to leave and was being escorted out by security when she turned and king hit the bouncer. It was a real dog shot.
"It was a right punch to his right eye. She clocked him, smashed him.
"The pub was packed - women smacking bouncers isn't a good look. People were filming the whole thing. There were a lot of tourists there. The bouncers held her for about ten to 15 minutes until about six coppers turned up."
Late last year, Maynard played in the Roosters side which lost the NRLW grand final to Brisbane at Stadium Australia.
She also represented the Maori All Stars earlier this year against the Indigenous All Stars.
The police statement said: "Police were told a 28-year-old woman became aggressive when she was directed to leave the venue by security. During the incident, it's alleged the woman assaulted two security guards. She was eventually restrained until police arrived a short time later."
Maynard was granted conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on May 13.
A talented hooker, Maynard is a former New Zealand representative.
Maynard played for New Zealand in the 2017 World Cup women's rugby league World Cup final against Australia. Before a switch to rugby league in 2017, Maynard had played for Australia in rugby union.
Originally published as Revealed: How NRL plans to punish star over alleged 'king hit'