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Bulldogs duo involved in schoolgirl sex scandal have contracts reinstated

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Bulldogs players Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor will be available for selection in a matter of weeks after the NRL appeals committee reinstated the pair's contracts.

Harawira-Naera and Okunbor were deregistered by the NRL indefinitely for breaching the game's code of conduct after the Port Macquarie schoolgirl scandal.

 Jayden Okunbor communicated with a Port Macquarie schoolgirl via Snapchat.

Jayden Okunbor communicated with a Port Macquarie schoolgirl via Snapchat.Credit:Getty Images

The pair had consensual sex with schoolgirls during the club's pre-season trip to the mid-north coast. Neither were the subject of any police investigation.

Harawira-Naera could be available for the club's round 11 match, pending advice about biosecurity protocols, after being suspended for 10 games. He will also pay a fine of $15,000.

Okunbor will serve a 14-game ban along with a $22,500 fine and will undergo a course of counselling as directed by interim NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo.

"The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have this afternoon been advised by the NRL of the appeal process result for Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor," the Bulldogs said in a statement.

"We are now working with the NRL to determine how this process will be implemented and will await further advice from the NRL on the next stage. We will release a further update when we have more information."

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