Ranger faces assault charge

Rene Ranger will stand trial for an incident that occurred three years ago this August.

The good news for the Blues is that the charges will not impact on their 2012 campaign at all, given the late date of the trial. According to Fairfax, Ranger is charged with two counts of injuring with intent which left a man unconscious outside the Mangawhai Tavern in August 2009.

Ranger had sought name suppression over the case, but the High Court ordered in 2010 that name suppression be lifted.The trial will now take place in August.