Manly Sea Eagles hooker stood down after alleged knife attack in church

Manly Sea Eagles hooker Manase Fainu has been stood down by the NRL after he was charged with allegedly stabbing a man at a church dance.

The 21-year-old has denied being involved in the stabbing last Friday – but he will remain in custody until his next court appearance in December after being denied bail.

Fainu was handed three charges – of wounding a person was intent to cause previous bodily harm, affray and recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company.

Police have alleged that he “produced a knife and stabbed another man” at 11:30pm on Friday night at a Mormon church function.

Should Fainu receive bail, he will be allowed to train for the Sea Eagles but not play against at Nines or in the NRL until the matter is resolved.

Fainu has played 34 games for Manly since making his first-grade debut in 2018 and earned his first international cap for Tonga earlier this year.

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