South Sydney half-back Cody Walker has been given a two-match ban for an off-field incident.
The Rabbitohs have also been hit with a $20,000 fine for failing to inform the NRL of his involvement in the off-field incident in December.
Walker will miss the opening two games of the restructured season for the Rabbitohs – a derby against the Roosters and a trip to Melbourne.
The New South Wales representative has received a suspended $15,000 fine, while Souths will have five days to respond to their $20,000 breach notice for not informing the integrity unit of the incident at the time.
A NRL statement read: “All clubs and club officials have a duty to report any incident which may lead to a breach of NRL rules, including suspected breaches, and NRL clubs are responsible for ensuring compliance.
“The Rabbitohs response indicated the club will be taking the five-day notice period “to consider its position.”
Walker also has five days to respond to his notice – but is provisionally suspended from playing in that timeframe.
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