Former Ireland prop Ryan Tandy has been stood down by his club until further notice after he was arrested and charged by police following his involvement in a betting probe.
Tandy, a former player with Widnes, Hull KR and Doncaster who represented Ireland in the 2008 World Cup, was arrested by police in Australia yesterday for allegedly giving false information to detectives but was later released on conditional bail and is due to appear in court on March 3.
The 29-year-old Tandy was one of several players investigated following suspicious betting activity surrounding the NRL round 24 clash last season between his club, Canterbury Bulldogs, and North Queensland.
The Cowboys were heavily backed to score first from a penalty goal - the amount of money on such an unusual betting option immediately arousing suspicion among bookmakers.
Tandy dropped the ball and then gave away a penalty in front of the posts at the start of that match, although the Cowboys opted for a quick tap and scored a try from the resulting play.
The Bulldogs board and disciplinary committee today decided to excuse Tandy from all club duties, including playing and training.
"It has been determined that it would be in the best interests of the club and Mr Tandy that he should be excused from his obligations until further notice," a Bulldogs statement read.
"The club makes no comment about the charges laid against Mr Tandy or their merits. These are matters before the court and Mr Tandy is entitled to answer those charges in due course.
"The club has informed Mr Tandy that it reserves its rights concerning his contract as the situation develops and more information becomes known."