Sydney Roosters have taken the decision to stand down Shaun Kenny-Dowall "indefinitely" as the club investigate allegations he was found in possession of cocaine.
A New Zealand international who has made more than 200 appearances for the Roosters and helped them to the NRL title in 2013, Kenny-Dowall was said to have been arrested at a nightclub in Sydney last week having been found with the drug.
In letter to the NRL Integrity Unit reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, Kenny-Dowall - via his lawyers - protested his innocence and offered to undergo further testing.
A Roosters statement read: "The Sydney Roosters wish to advise that Shaun Kenny-Dowall has been stood down indefinitely, pending the conclusion of the club's internal investigation and consultation with the club's board of directors.
"The club continues to work closely with the NRL Integrity Unit and will be making no further comment at this time."