NRL waiting on appropriate punishment for Pearce


Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman John Grant said the NRL is waiting on the Sydney Roosters to hand Mitchell Pearce an appropriate punishment after the disgraced half-back was filmed in a lewd act with a dog.

Pearce was stripped of the Roosters' co-captaincy and suspended from the leadership group, though the club are yet to decide on a proposed suspension after the 26-year-old was filmed simulating a sex act with a dog while under the influence of alcohol on January 26.

The NRL and the Roosters met to discuss Pearce - who returned to Sydney from an overseas rehabilitation clinic last week having missed the team's World Club Series campaign - on Wednesday.

Grant was positive about the discussion, saying: "There were discussions around what could be done.

"Some of that was about the penalties but a lot of it was about Mitchell in the mid-to-long term.

"A good discussion, a constructive discussion. They've got all of our input, now we're waiting for them to come back to us."

Roosters chief executive John Lee did not say much following the meeting, which reportedly lasted for over an hour.

"We've got nothing to say. You can go to the NRL, they might have something to say," Lee said.

The Roosters open their 2016 season against South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday.