SOUTH Sydney Rabbitohs' Cody Walker, born in Nowra, has been suspended for two matches by the NRL, after he was filmed kicking a man in the chest during a street fight in December.
The New South Wales State of Origin representative was also served with a suspended $15,000 fine, while it will cost his NRL club South Sydney $20,000 for failing to report the incident to the league.
The 30-year-old playmaker has five business days to respond but has already indicated he will not appeal any punishment handed down by the NRL's integrity unit.
Walker was not charged by NSW Police for his role in the incident in Casino in December, which was not reported to authorities at the time.
The NRL only became aware of the incident this week after Walker made a report to police over an alleged blackmail attempt for $20,000.
"All clubs and club officials have a duty to report any incident which may lead to a breach of NRL rules, including suspected breaches and NRL clubs are responsible for ensuring compliance," the NRL said in a statement.
The Rabbitohs will now be without Walker when they resume their 2020 NRL season against the Roosters on Friday.
The 98-game veteran will also miss the side's trip to Melbourne to face the Storm in round four.