The NRL has issued Canberra Raiders players Corey Horsburgh and Corey Harawira-Naera with breach notices after the pair returned positive tests for drink-driving on Christmas Day.
Horsburgh pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in the Canberra Magistrates’ Court on 23 February.
He has been suspended for one match and fined AU $ 5,000, with the fine suspended for 12 months. He must also complete and complete an education program as instructed by the NRL.
Teammate Harawira-Naera also returned a positive test for drink-driving the same day and has indicated he will plead guilty to the charges when he appears in Canberra Magistrates Court on March 25.
It is expected that the announcement of the breach will result in Harawira-Neara being fined AU $ 10,000, suspended in two matches and also completing an education program through the NRL.
Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has already said that both players were dropped from round one prior to the fracture announcements due to their behavior.
The NRL’s sanctions take into account a number of factors, including the players’ past offenses and blood alcohol level.
Harawira-Naera was dismissed in the early 2020 season while in the Bulldogs, due to alleged misconduct involving high school girls during their preseason.
The decision was overturned in the independent NRL appeals committee midway through the season and the 25-year-old was released from the club.