Stannard out

SYDNEY – Australia’s rugby sevens captain James Stannard was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games with a fractured skull following a ‘one-punch’ attack in Sydney early on Friday after a farewell dinner for departing coach Andy Friend.

New South Wales Police said in a statement that a 22-year-old man had been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after a 35-year-old man had been punched in an alleged “unprovoked” attack.

Rugby Australia (RA) later identified Stannard as the victim of the attack and said he was in hospital with a fractured skull. “He’s not available for the Commonwealth Games and that’s obviously a massive disappointment for all of us and James and his family,” RA high performance manager Ben Whitaker told reporters in Sydney.

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