Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen will meet with the NRL this week in regards to his Test-playing future, according to reports.
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Gallen is hoping to be selected for Australia’s clash with New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium, but will only be able to do so after being given the all-clear from the NRL, Fairfax Media reports.
The New South Wales Blues captain missed last year’s Four Nations tournament after he pleaded guilty to unknowingly taking a banned substance during the Sharks’ 2011 supplements program.
He was also fined in late 2014 after posting an expletive-laden Tweet directed at the NRL following the departure Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce.
The 33-year-old was due to undertake a leadership course to have any chance of being reinstated into the Test squad.
The report suggests Gallen has not yet completed the course, but would do so this week before meeting with the NRL.
Gallen has played in 31 Tests for Australia and would be considered a walk-up start should he be allowed to return to the Test squad.
The forward has played 241 first-grade matches for the Sharks since making his debut in 2001.