FORMER Great Britain and England rugby league player Gareth Hock has been charged with rape.
The 39-year-old, from Wigan, was also charged with assault and controlling or coercive behaviour, Greater Manchester Police said.
He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in court at a later date.
The Greater Manchester Police’s statement said: “Gareth Hock from Wigan has been charged with multiple offences, including rape, assault and controlling or coercive behaviour, among others. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at court at a later date.”
Hock began his career with Wigan Warriors in 2003.
The Ex-England rugby player made his Super League debut for Wigan in 2003 and played almost 200 games for the Cherry and Whites, earning Great Britain and England caps.
He retired as a player in 2019 following a career at Wigan Warriors, Leigh Centurions and Salford Red Devils.
In 2022, he set up a new business venture – hiring out skips.