West Tigers prop stood down over domestic violence allegations

Wests Tigers prop Matthew Lodge has been stood down by the NRL club over allegations of domestic violence, including stalking, intimidation and assault.

Lodge was arrested in Marayong on Thursday and taken to Blacktown police station.

He has been charged with six counts of common assault, malicious damage, and stalking and intimidation, and was served with a provisional apprehended domestic violence order.


The offences are alleged to have occurred between August 8 and 20.

He was granted strict bail conditions and is due in Blacktown Court on Wednesday.

The Tigers released a statement on Friday saying they have been advised of the incident.

“The Club is currently working with the NRL Integrity Unit to acquire details of the incident,” the statement read.

“Lodge has been stood down until the Club and NRL Integrity Unit receive all the facts.

“The Club will make no further comment at this time.”

It’s not the first time Lodge has had a run in with the law.

In May last year he was banned for three matches for wearing the word c*** written on his wrist strapping in an under-20s State of Origin match.

Lodge was stood down by the Tigers in March for a match and fined $5,000 after he was arrested for failing to leave a Kings Cross nightclub in January.