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RUGBY PLAYER CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING REFEREE

A Hunter rugby player has been charged with assaulting a referee, during an under-19 grand final.

Maitland’s Mark Meafua is accused of striking 19-year-old match official Niklas Gaal in the face, when he was about to receive a yellow card.

Police allege 18-year-old Meafua then left the field – he was later arrested at his Rutherford home.

He’s been charged with common assault and is due to face Maitland Court next month.

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Tyson Cottrill is a journalist and producer based in Newcastle, with 10 years television news experience. Tyson first began work with NBN in 2007, before being employed as a journalist at Channel Nine in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Born and raised in Newcastle, Tyson has a Bachelor of Communications from Charles Sturt University.

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