Ben Barba facing Super League ban

North Queensland terminated Ben Barba's contract before the fullback played a game for the NRL club

He went to French club rugby then to Super League in England, where he rebuilt his career, winning the Man of Steel award, and was offered a one-year deal by the Cowboys.

Greenberg said on Tuesday Barba had been deregistered and he could see no way back for him after the NRL integrity unit viewed CCTV footage of a physical altercation with his partner Ainslie Currie at a Townsville casino.

Barba's behaviour and several other off-season incidents in the NRL will be discussed at a meeting of the ARL Commission in Sydney this Wednesday.

BEN Barba may be forced to look overseas for a career lifeline after Rugby Australia said he wasn't welcome in their code if he's banned from the NRL.

We're going to get tougher and stronger on players that do the wrong thing because we can not afford the damage it does to our game.

"I can't see a time at anytime in the future that he'll be welcomed back", Greenberg said of the 2012 Dally M victor, who moved to the Cowboys this season but was sacked before he ever played for them.

"Ben Barba will be out of the NRL immediately and I can't see him ever returning". But it comes with real responsibility.

However, it all appears to have come undone for Barba, who will not be able to resume his career in the English Super League, where he was crowned Man of Steel for his time with St Helens in 2018.

"There was a physical altercation between the player and his partner", Greenberg said today.

Castle said she believed the same stance would be held by offshore clubs should a rugby union player be banned, but she could not rule out the prospect of a banned rugby league player, like Barba, playing rugby union overseas.

"If you start to step outside the crease, you are going to put your livelihood at risk".

We're not asking you to play, it's a privilege. Including Matthew Lodge, who is still under contract with the Brisbane Broncos and free to play in the NRL, despite a 2015 arrest at gunpoint in NY after stalking two women, committing a horrific, violent home invasion, and assaulting the occupant of the house who was unknown to him. That 2015 incident occurred two months after he was stood down by the Broncos over domestic violence-related incidents.



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