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Barba's career effectively over as Super League vow to block move

Barba's career effectively over as Super League vow to block move”

Barba was sacked by new club North Queensland on Monday after CCTV footage emerged of an incident at a Townsville casino during Australia Day weekend, where he is alleged to have assaulted his partner and mother of their four children.

Ben Barba will never "be welcomed back" to the NRL after its integrity unit investigation found he had been involved in a physical altercation with his partner.

"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.

The NRL CEO delivered the damning condemnation at a press conference on Tuesday morning where he doubled down on his earlier comments about acting in the "strongest terms" when it comes to violence against women.

Ben Barba has been deregistered by the National Rugby League in what is likely to be a life ban as Australian police investigate allegations of domestic violence involving the star fullback.

"I've asked the integrity unit to try to complete that piece of work quickly, but they are a pretty busy place at the moment".

He says when there's evidence of wrongdoing, the league will come down hard on players. He left the Sharks after being suspended for 12 weeks for a second breach of the NRL's illicit drugs policy.

"In relation to players who have received bans from one sport, there is an etiquette agreement that you can't then just go from rugby league to rugby union and play the next week", Castle said.

The career of reigning Super League Man of Steel Ben Barba is nearly certainly over with the RFL stating he will not be allowed to play in any English division if he is banned by the NRL.

Barba had an unsuccessful season with Brisbane in 2014 before moving to Cronulla where he played a key role in its 2016 premiership victory.

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.

"I would expect that anything in relation to a situation like that, that would stand because when you're talking about issues at that level we need to make sure the codes are supporting each other".



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