Penrith’s Taylan May and Manly’s Brandon Wakeham stood down by NRL

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The NRL has officially stood down both Penrith’s Taylan May and Manly’s Brandon Wakeham under its No-Fault Stand Down condition after both were charged by NSW police with serious offences.

May has been charged with three domestic violence related offences, following an alleged incident on Monday, April 8, 2024 which involved his partner.

He had already been stood down by the Panthers and his recently signed two-year deal is in jeopardy.

Penrith confirmed the club would continue to support May.

“The Penrith Panthers have been informed by the National Rugby League that Taylan May has been stood down as part of the NRL’s no-fault stand down policy.” a club statement said.

“The club will continue to provide support to all parties involved and will not make any further comment at this time.”

Wakeham has been charged with taking part in the supply of prohibited drugs and participate in a criminal group contribute to criminal activity following his arrest on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

An NRL statement said the decision “should in no way be interpreted as a view on the innocence or guilt of either player”.

Under the condition, the players are not permitted to participate as players in the NRL competition or other competitions.

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