Scott Higginbotham © Gallo Images
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 | 03:23
Former Wallaby forward Scott Higginbotham has been arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer during a weekend incident in Brisbane, officials said on Monday.
The Queensland Reds player was also charged with being found in a police establishment without a lawful excuse, police said.
The incident arose after one of his friends was arrested for urinating in public early Sunday morning, rugby.com.au reported.
It said that after his friend was detained, Higginbotham allegedly tried to intervene and had to be restrained. A taser was drawn but not used, it added.
The Australian Rugby Union said its integrity unit had launched an investigation, confirming Higginbotham was involved.
“As the matter is currently with Queensland Police, no further comment will be made at this time,” ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said.
The Queensland Rugby Union also had no comment.
Higginbotham, who had only resumed training with the Queensland Reds last week after playing two seasons in Japan, has been stood down until the police matter is resolved, the club said.
The towering backrower played the last of his 32 tests for Australia in 2015.
He is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on February 21.