Musgrove’s journey from back of a police van to Maori All Stars

Nine days ago Zane Musgrove was thrown into the back of a police paddy wagon.

Today, he has been thrown into the Maori All Stars.

Zane Musgrove has been added to the Maori All Stars. Credit:Getty

Musgrove must have wondered if he would miss the opening of the NRL season because of his run-in with police outside the Coogee Bay Hotel, in what proved to be the start of an emotional roller coaster over the past few days.

The Wests Tigers prop was arrested and fined for failing to leave a licensed premises. He has been cleared to play in Townsville by the NRL, but he is still waiting for the Integrity Unit to clear him of wrongdoing.

The 24-year-old told the Tigers he did not do anything to warrant the heavy-handed treatment from police.

Tigers teammate AJ Kepaoa, 21, was also arrested and charged on the night.

Musgrove, whose father Tony is a Maori, has told those close to him next Saturday’s clash against the Indigenous All Stars will mean a lot to his family – and much to him.

Musgrove missed the 2019 season when he was stood down by the NRL after being charged with indecently assaulting a woman he knew on the dance floor at the Coogee Bay Hotel. He was found guilty and given a 12-month good behaviour bond, but last year he successfully appealed to have that decision overturned.

During his time out of the game, he started a job in maintenance at Wests Ashfield and kept fit by training with the Tigers’ NSW Cup team.

Musgrove is tipped for a huge year at the Tigers after injury restricted him to six games last season. St George Illawarra saw enough and made a big-money play for his services, but Musgrove recommited to the Tigers. He is expected to come into the Maori side for Gold Coast forward Kevin Proctor.

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