Eels stand down Peats over off-season incidents

Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats has been stood down from Saturday night's match against Sydney Roosters and fined $5000 over two related off-season incidents in Bali.

Peats, who was man-of-the-match in the Eels' 36-16 defeat of the Warriors on Sunday night, has been under investigation by the NRL integrity unit over an altercation that occurred in October before he joined Parramatta.

Parramatta imposed a four-match ban (with three games suspended until October) and fined Peats $10,000 - of which $5000 was suspended until October - after receiving a complaint from another person involved in the incident. 

Peats has also been ordered to undergo an anger-management course.

A statement issued by Paramatta said that while no criminal charges were laid against Peats, the club and NRL integrity unit found he had breached the NRL code of conduct. 

Peats has accepted the penalty and will not be available for selection this weekend.

In better news for the Eels, boom rookie Manu Ma'u agreed to a contract upgade hours before his five-star debut against the Warriors.

Ma'u, who spent three years in a New Zealand prison after being convicted for his role in a vicious gang brawl in 2007, stole centre stage in the 36-16 victory over the Warriors - the team he once aspired to play for - on Sunday by outshining the likes of William Hopoate and Jarryd Hayne in his top-grade debut.

His manager Tyran Smith told Fairfax Media on Monday that Ma'u agreed to the upgraded deal, which was also extended until the end of next year, on Sunday morning.

He said Ma'u expressed a desire to repay the loyalty the Eels had shown by negotiating with Australia's Department of Immigration to obtain a visa for him after he was initially refused entry due to his past.

"He wanted to show loyalty to Parramatta," Smith said.

"They've given him his shot, and he's very grateful. Parramatta flew his mother and brother over from New Zealand to watch his debut, and that helped to make a great occasion even more special for him."

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