Papalii still in Meninga's team for Anzac Test

DOUBT: Josh Papalii (with ball) could miss the Anzac Test after a drink-driving charge.
DOUBT: Josh Papalii (with ball) could miss the Anzac Test after a drink-driving charge. LUKAS COCH

AUSTRALIAN coach Mal Meninga won't make a decision on Josh Papalii's position in the Kangaroos team until the NRL and Canberra decide a punishment for the big forward's drink-driving charge.

Papalii pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday potentially putting in jeopardy his place in the Kangaroos side to play New Zealand next week.

Meninga hasn't ruled out dropping Papalii, who was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for eight months over the incident on January 15.

Papalii, who was named on the bench for the May 5 Anzac clash at Canberra's GIO Stadium, doens't know what punishment the NRL and his club will dish out.

Meninga said he would back up the NRL's integrity unit and the Raiders.

"We'll make sure that we back up whatever decisions they make and if you talk about precedents, Josh will more than likely have some sort of sanction against him," he told Sky Sports Radio on Friday.

"So we'll follow those procedures."

Meninga overlooked Andrew Fifita for national selection last year as the Cronulla star was investigated for alleged support of a convicted killer.

Parramatta flyer Semi Radradra was also left out of the Four Nations squad while he faced domestic violence charges.

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