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Hardaker hit by Rhinos fine

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Zak Hardaker has been fined by Leeds Rhinos after he "acted unprofessionally" in the lead up to his withdrawal from England World Cup squad.

The full-back, 22, left the squad on Monday because of "personal issues", but having spoken to the England management, Rhinos have issued Hardaker with a written warning and £2,500 fine.

"We believe Zak acted unprofessionally and in doing so breached the Leeds Rhinos Player Code of Conduct," a club statement read.

"We are satisfied the matter has now been dealt with and Zak will report for training [with Leeds] on 25th November.

"We will continue to monitor Zak's future conduct and help him deal with his own issues; which are more to do with a lack of professionalism than anything else."

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