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Surf champ Chris Davidson allegedly killed by Waratahs coach Darren Coleman’s brother at NSW pub

Australian surfing champion is allegedly killed by a king hit from Waratahs coach’s brother during a pub brawl

  • Former surfing star has died after an alleged one-punch attack outside a pub 
  • Chris Davidson was allegedly king hit in a fight in the NSW mid-north coast
  • Brother of Waratahs coach Darren Coleman charged with assault causing death 

A former surfing star has died after an alleged one-punch attack during a brawl outside a pub.

Chris Davidson was allegedly king hit in a fight in the NSW mid-north coast and fell to the ground hitting his head, knocking the 45-year-old unconscious, police said.  

Grant Coleman, the brother of Waratahs coach Darren Coleman, has been charged with assault causing death. 

It is understood Darren Coleman drove to the area on Sunday to support his brother, 42, and family. 

Chris Davidson (left) is pictured with a friend. Mr Davidson has died after an alleged one-punch attack outside a pub on Saturday night

An ambulance and police were called to the Sportsmans Way bar in South West Rocks just after 11pm on Saturday.

Mr Davidson was treated at the scene and taken to Kempsey Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

He had represented Australia in surfing and was living in the area. 

Coleman was arrested at his home about half an hour after the alleged assault.  

He was refused bail and is due to appear before Port Macquarie Bail Court on Sunday.

Both Coleman and Mr Davidson were well known in the area, locals said.

Police have not released details of what they believe sparked the incident leading to Mr Davidson’s death. 

A crime scene was established and was examined by a forensics team on Sunday morning.

Chris Davidson (in red top) makes his way down to the beach during the Rip Curl Pro on April 24, 2011 in Bells Beach, Australia

Chris Davidson (in red top) makes his way down to the beach during the Rip Curl Pro on April 24, 2011 in Bells Beach, Australia

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