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British man charged with assault of Australian rugby captain

British man charged with assault of Australian rugby captain

British man charged with assault of Australian rugby captain

Australian men's Sevens coach Andy Friend is still reeling from the events that put his Commonwealth Games captain James Stannard in hospital on Good Friday morning.

"Stannard remains in St Vincents Hospital in a stable condition, however he has been diagnosed with a fractured skull", RA said.

A 22-year-old British man has been charged over the alleged "one-punch" assault by South Wales Police, the organisation said.

The alleged attacker tried to flee the scene after the incident, but was apprehended by witnesses - said in some reports to include the team's coach Andy Friend and Stannard's teammates Lewis Holland and Ben O'Donnell - until police arrived.

Ben Whitaker, a general manager at Australian rugby's governing body, said that Stannard was an "extremely important" member of the squad and they had been left "shocked" by the incident.

Friend told media today that after he saw Stannard fall to the ground, his instincts told him that the unprovoked attack could have been fatal and his next move was to chase down the alleged perpetrator.

"Every indication at this point in time, is there'll be no long-term damage to James, he will be fine". However, he has sustained head injuries.

Stannard has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games after fracturing his skull.

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In an emotional press conference, Friend revealed the 35-year-old had been cleared by his neurosurgeon and an ear, nose and throat specialist.

The team had attended a farewell dinner for Friend, who did not have his contract renewed by Rugby Australia and will leave the team later this year.

"They're good. I think the comfort and the support that they've offered James is testament to the group", he said.

"Yep I get it, people will assume because you're out at 3 o'clock in the morning that you're doing something wrong", he said.

Stannard led Australia to a 36-12 Games warm-up win against New Zealand in Sydney on Thursday.

"We don't know that at this stage".

Oliver, who is reportedly from Newcastle and had been backpacking in Australia, has been ordered to appear in court charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm on April 19.

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