Raiders player Josh Papalii has been banned for one game.
Raiders player Josh Papalii has been banned for one game. DAVE HUNT

Raiders follow suit and hand Papalii one-game ban

RUGBY LEAGUE: Canberra has matched the Kangaroos by handing Josh Papalii a one-match ban following his drink-driving conviction.

The Queensland forward had already been withdrawn by coach Mal Meninga from the Anzac Test against New Zealand on Friday night.

Yesterday the Raiders decided to also pull Papalli from the round-10 clash with Newcastle after he pleaded guilty to drink-driving last week.

Raiders chief executive Don Furner said the board was impressed by Papalii's remorse when he spoke during a meeting yesterday.

"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 in a statement.

"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."

Papalii played in Canberra's loss to Canterbury on the weekend, two days after he was fined $1000 and had his licence suspended for eight months over the incident in January.

Monday was the earliest time the Raiders' board could meet to decide further punishment for the 24-year-old, while the NRL moved to dump him from the Kangaroos side before they went into camp.