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Australian rugby sevens captain James Stannard the victim of a ‘one-punch’ assault outside Sydney restaurant

Rugby Australia says Stannard was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital after being struck by another man at 3.10am

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 March, 2018, 10:47am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 March, 2018, 3:58pm

Australian rugby sevens captain James Stannard is in stable condition in a Sydney hospital with head injuries after being punched by a man outside a restaurant early on Friday morning.

Rugby Australia said that Stannard was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital after being struck by another man at 3.10am. It said New South Wales Police have charged a 22-year-old man over an alleged “one-punch” assault.

Local media said the man accused of assaulting Stannard fled the scene but was apprehended by witnesses and several of Stannard’s teammates until police arrived to arrest him.

The 35-year-old, who was not name din the Australia side to compete in Hong Kong next week, played in a Commonwealth Games warm-up match on Thursday in Sydney. The rugby sevens programme at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Queensland state is from April 13-15.