Rugby League World Cup: Steve McNamara was involved in Leeds' clampdown on Zak Hardaker
England coach Steve McNamara has insisted he was closely involved in Leeds' clampdown on Zak Hardaker.
Last Updated: 08/11/13 7:57pm
McNamara has been widely criticised for how he dealt with Hardaker's withdrawal from the squad - the latest incident in a series of disciplinary breaches that have dogged England's World Cup campaign.
The coach initially responded to speculation that Hardaker had been involved in a drunken brawl by claiming he was ill.
Two days later England announced Hardaker's withdrawal from the squad, citing "personal issues", but on Wednesday Leeds issued a statement revealing their player was in breach of the club's code of conduct for players.
The Rhinos fined Hardaker £2,500, issued a written warning and ordered him to report for pre-season training on November 25.
However, McNamara now claims the England management staff were fully involved in the process to sanction the player.
"We have worked closely in conjunction with Leeds," McNamara said.
"I said earlier in the week that, as a coach you have to deal with various situations, whatever arise. That's been dealt with.
"Unfortunately (Hardaker) couldn't reach the standards that were set within the group. In conjunction with Leeds, the matter has been dealt with."