Prop Papalii cut from Kangaroos squad for drink driving

AP
By Associated Press, 29 April 2017

SYDNEY (AP) — Josh Papalii has been cut from Australia's squad for a rugby league test against New Zealand next week after pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving.

Australia's National Rugby League announced Friday that the Canberra and Queensland State-of-Origin forward had been withdrawn from Mal Meninga's Kangaroos squad.

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Meninga said Papalii accepted the decision and understood it was in the best interests of the team.

"The game has made a really strong stance against this behavior and I'm a very strong believer that this stance is the right course of action," Meninga said, adding that the omission for the May 5 test match didn't preclude Papalii from selection for the Rugby League World Cup later in the year.

The sanction was announced a day after Papalii was fined $1,000 Australian dollars ($750) and banned from driving for eight months over the January incident.

The Canberra Raiders planned a meeting Monday to decide if further sanctions were required.

AP
By Associated Press, 29 April 2017

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