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Roosters star Leilua arrested

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Emma Partridge and Michael Carayannis

Joseph Leilua of the Roosters was a late-call up to the NSW Origin squad last week although he was not part of the final 17.

Joseph Leilua of the Roosters was a late-call up to the NSW Origin squad last week although he was not part of the final 17. Photo: Getty Images

SYDNEY Roosters' preparations for tonight's game against Canterbury have been thrown into disarray after representative centre B.J. Leilua was arrested at the weekend.

St George police crime manager Gary Ballard said Leilua, whose full name is Joseph Ikenasio Poiva Leilua Kelemete, was charged with three offences including assault, breaching an AVO and a telecommunications offence.

Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce said Leilua would not play tonight.

Police allege the former St George Dragons junior spat on his former girlfriend after an argument at the Allawah Hotel.

"He was then taken out of the hotel by security and a number of text messages [were] received after the fight," Detective Inspector Ballard said.

"It will also be alleged that the man sent personal photos of the woman via his mobile phone to other people," a police media spokesman said.

Earlier this month the woman was granted a six-month enforceable AVO.

The woman reported the matter to St George police on Saturday and Leilua handed himself into Kogarah police station where he was arrested and charged on Saturday night, police said.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court yesterday.

Leilua was granted bail and is expected to face Kogarah Local Court in June.

The charge throws Leilua's immediate playing future in doubt as he was set to line up for the Roosters against Canterbury at Allianz Stadium tonight.

Leilua's arrest comes just days after he was drafted into NSW's State of Origin squad as a shadow player.

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