Keith Mason who played for Super League giants St Helens and Huddersfield wrote off a Mini Cooper with a head-on smash with his Nissan Qashi last August.
Court was told that he made no attempt to exchange details but walked away from the scene. He was later traced by police at which point he said he thought he was on the correct side of the road but was dazed after the smash from hitting his head on the airbag in his car.
Mason pleaded guilty to careless driving, leaving the scene of a collision and failing to exchange details. He was given a nine-month community order and will be under curfew between 7am and 7pm for two months. He was also ordered to pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.