Rugby league stars to stand on rape charges

TWO high-profile rugby league players have been committed to stand trial on rape charges.

Euate Gusuivalu and Kinni Tanaulucavu will be arraigned in Dubbo District Court on February 21 on charges of aggravated sexual assault in company and sexual intercrouse without consent.

Gusuivalu, 28, and Tanaulucavu, 33, took part in a committal hearing in Dubbo Local Court this week.

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold found there was sufficient evidence for the men to face trial.

The footballers are alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman in circumstances of aggravation at Dubbo between 8am and 9am on May 26 last year.

Court orders have been imposed to protect the woman's identity.

The orders prohibit the publication of the woman's name, the location of the alleged offence or any relationship between the parties.

Gusuivalu and Tanaulucavu were arrested on February 15 this year.

Both men are Fijians who have played rugby league in Australia for several years.

They were prominent members of the Macquarie Raiders premiership-winning side in 2012.

Tanaulucavu signed with the Narromine Jets this year.

Gusuivalu continued playing with Macquarie Raiders until he was sidelined by a serious injury.

The utility back was in a coma in a Sydney hospital before recovering sufficiently to return to Dubbo.

His playing future remains in doubt.

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