• Rugby League

McNamara tight-lipped on Hardaker discipline

ESPN staff
November 8, 2013
Zak Hardaker withdrew from the England World Cup squad due to personal issues © PA Photos

England coach Steve McNamara has revealed he was "closely" involved with the decision by Leeds Rhinos to punish Zak Hardaker over a disciplinary breach.

Rhinos issued Hardaker with a £2,500 fine and a written warning after he "acted unprofessionally" in the lead up to his withdrawal from the England World Cup squad.

The full-back withdrew on Monday citing "personal issues", having not featured in either of England's opening two Group A games against Australia and Ireland.

In the build-up to his side's final group game with Fiji on Saturday, McNamara stated the England coaching team had been involved in the discipline of the 22-year-old - but remained tight-lipped over the situation.

"We have worked closely in conjunction with Leeds," McNamara said. "I said earlier in the week that, as a coach you have to deal with various situations, whatever arise. That's been dealt with.

"Unfortunately [Hardaker] couldn't reach the standards that were set within the group. In conjunction with Leeds, the matter has been dealt with."

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