Koroisau's bubble breach could cost NSW career

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Apisai Koroisau's State of Origin camp dalliance "damages everybody" and the NSWRL could be on the verge of taking action of its own, boss Dave Trodden says.

The NRL hit Koroisau with a two-match ban and a $35,000 fine for joining a woman in her hotel room during the Blues' Origin II camp, in an act that blatantly defied COVID-19 protocols.

Trodden says whether the NSWRL disciplines Koroisau itself will be decided in "the coming days".

"I think we will review from our point of view, and one of the things I will be doing over the coming days is to prepare a report to our board," Trodden told reporter Danny Weidler on Nine News.

"Our board may well consider whether there's a case for taking some additional action on the basis of breaching our internal protocols."

Koroisau met with a woman in her hotel room despite the fact he has a wife. Amy has since flown to Queensland to join Koroisau in the Panthers' bio-secure Sunshine Coast hub.

"Most of all he's probably let himself down and his family down - and I think that's the overwhelming sentiment," Trodden said.

"I think we all feel pretty let down. He was in a fairly privileged position, a position of trust, (but) he didn't live up to the trust that was put in him."

Apisai Koroisau in his Panthers kit. (Getty)

Koroisau, a 2014 Rabbitohs premiership-winner and 2020 Panthers grand finalist, has been in a two-man race with South Sydney's Damien Cook for NSW's No.9 jumper for some time - and he harbours hope of one day becoming the Blues' chief hooker.

But Trodden had dire words for Koroisau when asked by Weidler if the 28-year-old could be trusted in future Blues camps.

"It is an issue," Trodden said.

"Being picked in a representative team is a real privilege and you have to earn that privilege ... One of the things you have to do to earn the privilege is prove you can be trusted to uphold all of the values of the group that you become a part of. So having breached that trust, there's a lot of work that someone (Koroisau) has to do to regain the trust.

"It damages everybody and that's the regrettable part of it."

Koroisau is expected to return for the Panthers' match against the Roosters in Brisbane in Round 21, after missing clashes with the Broncos and Storm.

Apisai Koroisau celebrates a try on his State of Origin debut, in the final game of the 2021 series. (Getty)

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