The National Rugby League (NRL) has today suspended Melbourne Storm player Nelson Asofa-Solomona for three matches after an incident in Bali. 

The suspension will cover the three upcoming test matches Asofa-Solomona was due to represent New Zealand in. 

Asofa-Solomona was also issued with a suspended $15,000 fine. 

The sanctions take into account evidence which showed a degree of provocation contributed to the incident, Asofa-Solomona’s cooperation with the NRL investigation and the remorse he has shown. 

All clubs were advised prior to the start of the off-season that serious penalties would be imposed for all off-field incidents.

The NRL expects exemplary behaviour from all players and any player who falls short of that standard will be sanctioned. 

The penalty has been imposed in conjunction with the Melbourne Storm. 

The New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) has been informed of the suspension.