Canberra second-rower Josh Papalii has been stood down by the club for an addition week after his conviction in the ACT Magistrates Court last week.
Papalii will now miss the Raiders' next match against Newcastle in round ten, after already being axed from the Kangaroos' squad to face New Zealand in the ANZAC Test this Friday.
Raiders CEO Don Furner had this to say on the matter:
“The Board’s decision took into account all of the facts surrounding the incident and the determination today has the best interests of both the club and Josh’s welfare,” Furner said.
“The Board believes Josh has endured a hefty punishment from both the Court process and by his omission from the Kangaroos team and believed a further one match suspension was the correct punishment.”
“The club will continue to work with Josh in ensuring his welfare remains paramount and will not be making any further comments on what was discussed during this process. As mentioned in the statement on Friday, the club has to ensure that Josh’s personal matters are handled in a sensitive and confidential matter.”
Papalii will be available for selection for the Raiders in round 11, with Canberra travelling to Parramatta that weekend.