6 Jan 2014

Packer sentenced to 2 years in prison

3:16 pm on 6 January 2014

The former Warriors rugby league player Russell Packer has been sentenced to two years in prison for an assault in central Sydney last year.

The 24-year-old prop pleaded guilty to charges which followed a fight outside a venue in November.

The incident left a 22-year-old man unconscious with a fractured eye socket.

Packer played 110 games for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL, but signed a contract in October last year to join the Newcastle Knights.

But the NRL has refused to register his contract.