'Shame on you, Mr Williams': NRL star drove 'shockingly intoxicated' with kids in car

Parramatta have suspended Tony Williams for the first two rounds of the NRL season after he copped a $1000 fine and had his driver's licence suspended for 12 months by a Sydney magistrate yesterday.

The Eels recruit was told by the magistrate he should be ashamed for being "shockingly intoxicated" while driving with three children in the car.

The 29-year-old former NSW State of Origin and Kangaroos representative was sentenced at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday for mid-range drink driving in December.

Magistrate Jennifer Giles said Williams's driving had been so dangerous members of the public had called the police.

"Shame on you, Mr Williams," Ms Giles said.

She said the "community does not feel safe with you with a licence" and also placed Williams on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

"You are exceptionally lucky you did not hurt or kill someone, or yourself."

As a reaction to the sentence handed down by the court, the Eels took action of their own, with CEO Bernie Gurr releasing a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

"Following discussions with the NRL Integrity Unit, and taking into consideration that Tony has undertaken a safe driving course, the Club has decided to suspend Tony for rounds one and two of the 2018 NRL Telstra Premiership," the statement said.

"The club views drink driving as an extremely serious offence and we have reiterated to Tony that this behaviour is unacceptable."

According to court documents Williams had been celebrating his birthday with his wife and three children on December 16 last year before leaving to go to Parramatta's Albion Hotel.

His wife came to pick him up about midnight and he angrily took the keys and drove away with his wife and children — aged four, one and three months — in the car.

His driving was so dangerous and erratic a number of people rang the police, who found him standing outside the car on Hassall Street in Parramatta shortly after midnight.

Williams, on a provisional licence at the time, gave a blood alcohol reading of 0.122.

He told police he'd drunk around 10 beers and a number of vodka shots.

Williams signed with the NRL's Parramatta Eels over the off-season after a knee injury derailed his efforts to join Cronulla's first-grade side in 2017.

A premiership winner at Manly, Williams moved to Canterbury as a big-name signing in 2013 but his form dropped significantly toward the end of his stint at the Bulldogs in 2016.

Back in 2010 the second-rower was fined $500 and had his licence suspended for nine months for mid-range drink-driving, according to court papers.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Tony Williams of Tonga is helped from the field during the 2017 Pacific Test Invitational match between Tonga and Fiji at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on May 6, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Tony Williams. Source: Getty


NRL star James Tedesco struck down with mumps ahead of Roosters pre-season clash with Manly

Prized recruit James Tedesco might be racing the clock to be fit for a Sydney Roosters pre-season debut after reportedly becoming the second player at the NRL club to contract mumps.

Tedesco is not expected to be considered for the Roosters' opening trial on Saturday night away to Penrith.

And he might battle to prove his fitness for the Roosters' final trial - against Manly next week on the NSW central coast - after being quarantined from teammates, NRL.com reports.

The NSW State of Origin fullback is not expected to miss the Roosters' season opener on March 10 against his former Wests Tigers club.

Roosters back-rower Mitchell Aubusson contracted mumps two weeks ago.

Coach Trent Robinson will name his squad on Thursday for Saturday's Panthers trial.

Former Rooster James Maloney will make his Penrith debut, combining with Nathan Cleary in the halves for the first time.

James Tedesco of NSW attacks during game 1 of the State of Origin rugby league, Queensland Reds v New South Wales, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. 31 May 2017. Copyright Image: Tertius Pickard / www.photosport.nz
James Tedesco. Source: Photosport



Warriors stars attend fundraiser for Tonga's Cyclone Gita recovery

Stars from the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team turned up at a sausage sizzle fundraiser to show their support for Tonga's Cyclone Gita recovery today.

Tonga was smashed by Category 4 Cyclone Gita overnight, leaving a big clean up bill in its wake.

Albert Vete was among the league legends to show up at the fundraiser, telling 1 NEWS he had heard from his uncle back in Tonga.

"I heard from one of the uncle's sayiny 'the good thing about this is I had a bit of time to prepare'," Vete said.

Cyclone Gita is currently passing close to Fiji, affecting its southern islands.

The storm is expected to make its way closer to New Zealand later this week but the exact path is not yet known. 

Albert Vete was among those to attend a sausage sizzle fundraiser today. Source: 1 NEWS