Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has issued the following statement on Zak Hardaker.
"Brian McDermott and myself have now had the opportunity to discuss the matter with the England management and with Zak himself and we now have a better understanding of the events leading up to Zak's departure from the England squad.
We believe Zak acted unprofessionally and in doing so, breached the Leeds Rhinos Player Code of Conduct.
As a result, the Club have issued him with a written warning and imposed a fine of £2,500.
We are satisfied the matter has now been dealt with and Zak will report for training on 25th November. We will continue to monitor Zak's future conduct and help him deal with his own issues; which are more to do with a lack of professionalism than anything else.
Zak has apologised for the embarrassment caused to his family and Leeds Rhinos and he is desperately sorry for the situation he finds himself in."
Hardaker, 22, commented, "I have paid a heavy price for my own actions and will now miss out on my dream of helping England win the World Cup. I am sorry for any embarrassment I have caused and my focus now is on moving forward next season and putting these events behind me. I would like to wish Kevin and the England team the best of luck for the rest of the tournament and I am looking forward to the start of pre-season with the Rhinos."
To celebrate the launch of the new look Leeds Rhinos 2015 training range from this Saturday 25th October at the club store at Headingley Carnegie and online to deliver to your door, we are offering you the chance to come down to the training ground, get an exclusive look behind the scenes and see the players being put through their paces at the start of pre-season.
Rhinos fans can still take advantage of our great direct debit scheme for your 2015 membership by spreading the cost of your membership over nine months, interest free, from £24 per month but they must order their membership before the latest deadline this Saturday.
This October half term Leeds Rhinos Foundation are running a Dance Camp at Priesthorpe High School and if you know a child who loves dancing then enter this competition for a chance to a win a place for them on the two day camp.