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Police have arrested twenty-six-year-old former Sydney Roosters player Anthony Watts after a brawl at Cooly Rocks On Festival on Saturday.

Echonetdaily understands that Watts, now Murwillumbah based, was charged with affray yesterday after he handed himself in to Queensland police.

Watts was sacked by the Roosters over alcohol and behavioural issues and subsequently his name became associated with the Finks motorcycle club.

Saturday’s brawl was a fight between the Finks and the Nomads, according to News Ltd. The Finks are not an outlawed group but Queensland police are collecting evidence against them.

The fight, which took place outside busy Bellakai Restaurant on Marine Parade, also saw a 61-year-old man punched for attempting to film the incident and a vintage car damaged. Watts is not believed to have been involved in those incidents.

Cooly Rocks On spokesperson Bob Newman said the event had been blown out of proportion.

‘Those sorts of things always tend to draw a big crowd around them,’ he told ABC North Coast this morning, ‘but it was dissipated and forgotten within about two minutes.’

Watts will face court later this month.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Cooly Brawl : NRL star arrested.
    Lets leave the sensationalism for the trash papers please ed.
    Anthony Watts was an average A grader not a star in the NRL.
    No need to embellish the facts, even if you may not be a footy fan. Thanks

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