Johnathan Thurston has backed the decision to ban Andrew Fifita and Semi Radradra from representing Australia.
The NRL and ARL took a hardline stance against the pair, ruling them out of the upcoming Test against New Zealand as well as the Four Nations in England later this month.
Fifita is under investigation by the NRL for his public support of one-punch killer Kieran Loveridge while Radradra is due to face court on assault charges pertaining to his ex-partner.
The Kangaroos No.7 said he fully supported the code’s decision to omit the pair from selection.
"It's a stance the game is taking, we want to see more people and fans come through the gates and more people watching our game," Thurston said at the launch of the Auckland Nines on Wednesday.
"If the game feels as though that's the best decision to make, then as a senior player I fully appreciate what the game is doing and stand up for that."
Fifita is arguably the best prop in the game and scored the match-winning try in Cronulla’s maiden premiership victory on Sunday night.
But you need more than good form to don the Green and Gold.
“I believe the Australian jersey needs to be held in high esteem both on and off the field. A line has to be drawn in the sand,” Australian coach Mal Meninga said.
“He is one of the best forwards in the game but you get selected on more than ability.”