Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has been handed a $50,000 fine and provisional suspension from the Kangaroos side for his foul-mouthed tirade on twitter last week.
Gallen has a week to respond to the breach notice and explain any mitigating factors that might have contributed to his twitter brain-snap while holidaying in Hawaii.
The NRL imposed the heaviest possible code of conduct fine on the Sharks and NSW captain.
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He will be ineligible for Australian selection next year unless he successfully completes a leadership course.