NRL to allow Parramatta Eels winger Maika Sivo to play in round one despite charge

The change will force the NRL into a decision and, while Sivo is expected to be free to play in the season opener at Bankwest Stadium, he may still be sanctioned depending on the court’s verdict.

The Eels will also have to make a decision in regards to his mental state and ability to take the field potentially within hours of the verdict.

Sivo was charged after allegedly touching the skirt of a waitress on Boxing Day during a trip home to Fiji, however the NRL allowed the winger to play in the Nines tournament in Perth.

Under the NRL’s new no-fault stand down policy, the governing body has the ability to stand the 26-year-old down from playing, however given the charge carries a sentence of less than 11 years, the NRL isn’t forced to do so.

Instead they will apply discretion based on their knowledge of the case, with the NRL Integrity Unit satisfied with Sivo lacing the boots until the matter is resolved in court.


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