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."
This Sunday, 11th October, the city of Leeds will celebrate the careers of three of the greatest players in the history of Leeds Rhinos as well as an incredible season that has seen the Rhinos retain the Challenge Cup and lift the League Leaders Shield.
The Rhinos face Wigan this Saturday at a sold out Old Trafford, if you haven't been lucky enough to get a ticket why not visit one of our great ambassador pubs with great offers available during the Grand Final on food and drink.
On Saturday 10 October Manchester plays host to two major rugby matches - England take on Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup at the Etihad Stadium, their only fixture outside of London, while across the city Leeds Rhinos are set to battle it out with Wigan Warriors in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Prop Mitch Garbutt watched his former Brisbane Broncos team mates lose out to a golden point in the NRL Grand Final last weekend and he admitted he is hoping that Saturday's Super League Grand Final does not end in similar dramatic circumstances.