The NRL has fined the Canterbury Bulldogs for failing to comply with the code’s concussion rules.

The NRL has fined the Canterbury Bulldogs $20,000 for failing to remove concussed playmaker Lachlan Lewis from the field.

Lewis suffered the head knock during the club’s Round Four hammering to South Sydney at Stadium Australia.

The 24-year-old’s head was caught in the wrong spot when he tackled Souths winger Josh Mansour in the sixth minute of the game.

While he was attended to by the club’s trainer immediately, Lewis remained on the field despite having stumbled back to his feet with the assistance of an opposing player.

Lachlan Lewis suffers a nasty head knock

Lewis was eventually removed from the field and failed his HIA.

In releasing its findings and announcing the breach notice, the NRL said the playmaker had stayed on the pitch for two minutes longer than he should have, although officials acknowledged the Bulldogs didn’t keep him on for any tactical purpose.

Under NRL rules, any player who exhibits clear signs of concussion must be removed from the game immediately.

After the match, Canterbury coach Trent Barrett conceded Lewis should have been taken from the field instantly.

“Yeah, I think he should have come off. We realised that and we thought that, so we’ll sort that out,” Barrett said in his post-match press conference.

“He probably should have come straight off.”

The Bulldogs have five business days to respond to the breach notice.

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