THE Country Rugby League is investigating an incident at a junior match in New Lambton on Saturday in which former NSW Origin star Jason Moodie was allegedly assaulted.
The Newcastle Herald has been told Moodie, who played in 172 NRL games for the Knights, Parramatta and Wests Tigers and three State of Origins for NSW, became embroiled in a confrontation with two men during an under-11 match at Kentish Oval.
Moodie is involved with the home club, Western Suburbs, as a junior coach, and his wife, Susan, was the acting ground manager on Saturday.
Eyewitnesses said at some point during the game against Dudley-Redhead Magpies, a woman spectator invaded the pitch.
An argument between Moodie and two other men allegedly ensued, sparking a physical altercation.
The CRL’s Newcastle and Central Coast regional manager, Keith Onslow, said he would be seeking more information from Newcastle Junior Rugby League officials.
“From what I understand, at an under-11 game there was an incident in which a woman, apparently a parent, invaded the ground,” Onslow told the Herald on Sunday.
“There were some words exchanged, and I believe that someone has clocked Jason Moodie.
“I’ll probably know more tomorrow.
“At this point we’ve asked the Newcastle junior league association for a report from both clubs.”
Moodie, now 43, retired from professional rugby league in 2007.
He made his top-grade debut for the Knights in 1997, and played 54 games for Newcastle over three seasons, before signing a lucrative deal with Parramatta.
During his four years and 87 games for the Eels, he played in their 2001 grand final loss to his former Newcastle teammates, and represented NSW, scoring two tries in an 18-all draw with Queensland in the 2002 series decider.