Tevita Pangai Jr, who is under investigation by police for an alleged assault.
Tevita Pangai Jr, who is under investigation by police for an alleged assault. Peter Wallis

Broncos prop accused of assault

A BRISBANE Broncos player being investigated by police over whether he assaulted a woman is expected to be able to play in Round 1.

The Courier-Mail can ­reveal it is 21-year-old prop Tevita Pangai Jr, who is under investigation by police for an alleged assault, after an incident involving his girlfriend Kiki Heineback on Sunday night.

It has been claimed he "slapped and manhandled" Ms Heineback.

An NRL spokesman yesterday confirmed that the NRL Integrity Unit was aware of the matter and would monitor it in conjunction with the Broncos.

It is unlikely Pangai Jr will be stood down while the matter is investigated by police.

Police are yet to lay charges over the matter.

"Police are aware of assault allegations. The matter is being investigated," a police spokesman said.

Ms Heineback - a 23-year-old who lives in Brisbane - yesterday declined to comment on the incident. She is listed as a personal trainer and gym ­instructor in Bardon.

The NRL has taken a strong stance on domestic violence ­issues previously, but unless there are criminal charges, it is unlikely the governing body will become involved in the dispute.

The Broncos open the NRL season against the St George Illawarra Dragons on March 8



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