Josh Papalii of the Canberra Raiders.
Josh Papalii of the Canberra Raiders. DAN PELED

Raiders disappointed by Papalii drink-driving charge

RUGBY LEAGUE: Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii has been charged with drink-driving incident in the nation's capital.

The Raiders are aware their 24-year-old back-rower was pulled over on Saturday.

Canberra chief executive Don Furner said he was "disappointed”.

"We are disappointed with his actions,” Furner said. "We will work with the Australian Federal Police.”

The Raiders will investigate before handing down any punishment to Papalii, along with the NRL's Integrity Unit.

Papalii is in the midst of a recovery program after needing ankle surgery that ruled him out of Australia's Four Nations campaign last year.

In 2014 Papalii faced court for allegedly driving on a suspended licence because of an unpaid parking fine, which had resulted in his licence being suspended about seven months earlier. He was fined and banned for driving for one month.

Earlier that year Papalii was involved in a strange road-rage incident in which he was forced to apologise to a motorist after throwing a one litre bottle of moisturising cream at him.

The Raiders released a statement on Sunday afternoon confirming Papalii's charge.