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The National Rugby League (NRL) has today advised Brisbane Broncos player Kotoni Staggs that he will not be permitted to return to the NRL before Round 16 of the Telstra Premiership.

Staggs, who is now medically fit to play, must continue to complete education and personal rehabilitation programs over the next two weeks, to the satisfaction of the NRL, before being approved to return to the competition.

Staggs has also been fined $20,000, of which a portion will be used to fund his rehabilitation and education programs.

The sanction was handed down after Staggs engaged in disreputable conduct at a public venue in April this year.

Staggs has accepted the proposed sanction within the Breach Notice and has also met with the NRL.