Peni Terepo (centre) of the Eels is tackled by Jarrad Kennedy (right) and Kurt Baptiste of the Raiders.
Peni Terepo (centre) of the Eels is tackled by Jarrad Kennedy (right) and Kurt Baptiste of the Raiders. PAUL MILLER

Eel cops three-game ban and fine for careless driving

PARRAMATTA forward Peni Terepo has been hit with a three-game suspension and $15,000 fine after failing to inform the club of a careless driving conviction in New Zealand.

Earlier this month Terepo pleaded guilty to careless driving after a crash in which he was thrown through the windscreen of his car. He was also charged with refusing to provide a blood-alcohol test.

Terepo later admitted that he had been drinking before the incident, but his club only found out about the conviction via media reports three weeks later.

In consultation with the NRL Integrity Unit, the Eels have fined Terepo $15,000 and banned him from this weekend's Auckland Nines and the first three games of the 2017 season.

Terepo will also engage in education courses about the dangers of drink-driving, with his management and the RLPA also involved in discussions about the punishment.

"The club views drink-driving as an extremely serious offence. We have reiterated to Peni in very strong terms that this behaviour is totally unacceptable," Eels CEO Bernie Gurr said via a club statement.

"The other concerning element of this incident was that Peni did not advise the club.

"In our discussions, Peni has accepted total responsibility, apologised to the club and demonstrated genuine remorse for his actions."

Off-contract at the end of the season, Terepo will begin his fight for a spot in Parramatta's top 17 and a new deal from its round-four clash with premier Cronulla.

The news comes as domestic violence charges still cloud the futures of Terepo's teammates Semi Radradra and Kenny Edwards.

Terepo has played 74 NRL games for the Eels having joined the club's junior ranks in 2009.