Ex-NRL players guilty of indecent assault

Former NRL player Zane Musgrove has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a woman in Sydney.
Former NRL player Zane Musgrove has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a woman in Sydney.

Former rugby league players Zane Musgrove and Liam Coleman have been convicted of the indecent assault of a woman at a hotel in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Former South Sydney prop Musgrove and ex-Penrith reserve grade player Coleman were on Monday found guilty in the Downing Centre Local Court of groping the woman at the Coogee Bay Hotel in November 2018.

Magistrate Paul Lyon found the pair, both 23, guilty of assault with an act of indecency and sentenced them to 12-month intensive corrections orders.

They have both launched appeals.

"In the cold light of day you could observe the distress on her. She was crying and upset. It even affected her here today," Mr Lyon said.

The pair were charged after the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police Musgrove had pulled her close and repeatedly kissed her aggressively.

The woman said Musgrove grabbed her breast briefly and thrust his pubic region into her hip.

She told the court Coleman later put his hand on her breasts.

The footballers were supported in court on Monday by a large group of family and friends, including Coleman's father, South Sydney great Craig Coleman.

Musgrove played 27 NRL games for South Sydney from 2016 to 2017.

He had signed with the Wests Tigers for the 2019 season, however the NRL refused to register his contract after he was charged.

The court also heard that Coleman had abandoned his rugby league dream after quitting the Panthers.

Australian Associated Press