Gallen's captaincy under review after $50k fine for tweets

CRONULLA and New South Wales captain Paul Gallen has been hit with a $50,000 fine for directing an expletive-laced tweet at the NRL, and told he will not be able to play for Australia next year unless he attends and completes a leadership course.

His captaincy of the NSW State of Origin team will also come under review.

Presently serving an ASADA ban after the drug agency's investigation into Cronulla's supplements program in 2011, Gallen's representative eligibility in 2015 will be determined by an Australian Rugby League Commission-appointed panel.

Gallen has seven days to appeal the breach notice issued to him yesterday.

He got himself into trouble last week when he took exception to the sacking of Sharks chief executive Steve Noyce.
Holidaying in Hawaii, Gallen vented his frustration at the NRL by tweeting: "Steve Noice [sic] actually cared about players from Cronulla's feelings. Couldn't say that about any other c*** from Nrl.".

His tweet was withdrawn within minutes.

NRL boss Davis Smith said Gallen's $50,000 fine was the maximum the NRL could impose on a player for a breach of the Code of Conduct.

He said the NRL would also discuss the NSW captaincy issue with the NSWRL, which is responsible for Origin selection.

"Origin is one of our flagship properties and we do not want it to be undermined in any way," Smith said.


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