Star Rooster Shaun Kenny-Dowall being ‘looked after’

ROOSTERS coach Trent Robinson admitted Kiwi representative Shaun Kenny-Dowall was "struggling" mentally, after the backline flier was admitted to hospital ahead of tonight's clash against the Tigers at ANZ Stadium.

The 27-year-old is facing 10 charges, including assault causing bodily harm, common assault and stalking regarding his former partner, and was due to front Waverley Local Court yesterday. The matter was adjourned until next month after Kenny-Dowall's lawyer failed to enter a plea.

"Shaun's getting looked after at the moment - he's struggling a bit with what's happened over the last week," said Robinson, who also admitted the club had known about the matter for some time, but was confident in the processes it had followed. "There's been one side that's been heard and there's been another that hasn't been heard."

"He's been open and honest with us. He's needed to get some help.

"It's been about making sure he's in the right space to get back on track and go through the court process."

Robinson said he was disappointed with comments made by New South Wales premier Mike Baird, who called for the NRL to take strong action against the rep star before a court verdict had been reached.

Robinson added Kenny-Dowall would not have been stood down if he was in a better head space, saying he was innocent until proven guilty. The centre's place for tonight's clash has been taken by Brendan Elliott.

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