Ben Barba rubbed out of NRL over altercation with partner

Ben Barba rubbed out of NRL over altercation with partner

Ben Barba rubbed out of NRL over altercation with partner

Super League has slammed the door shut on reigning Man of Steel Ben Barba, who has been deregistered by Australia's National Rugby League.

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.

After two years in England with Super League club St Helens, Barba was set to make an NRL comeback this season via a one-year contract with the North Queensland Cowboys.

National Rugby League chief executive Todd Greenberg on Tuesday said he couldn't see a way back for the 29-year-old Barba after the sport's integrity unit had reviewed security camera footage of an incident at a Townsville casino on January 26.

"I'm not going to call for [a worldwide ban] but there's no place for him", Greenberg said. "It's time for Ben Barba to find a new vocation", Greenberg said.

"Where we see violence and particularly where we see violence against women we'll act and we'll act in the strongest terms", Greenberg said. But it comes with real responsibility.

The English RFL has shot down any chance of the Queenslander returning to the United Kingdom - where Barba resurrected his career with St Helens which resulted in North Queensland giving him another shot at playing NRL. And if you start to step outside the crease, you're going to put your livelihood at risk.

The Rugby Football League has previously said that Barba would not be allowed to play in Super League if was banned by the NRL.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said Barba would not be permitted to join another club if found guilty by the NRL, a ban that will now also carry over to Super League. This is a prime example.

"I can't see a time, or any time in the future that he'd be welcome back".

He was stood down by the Bulldogs to seek help for alcohol and gambling issues, amid rumours of a domestic violence incident.

The 29-year-old was already on his last chance after being forced out of the NRL in 2016 after recording his second illicit drugs strike following Cronulla's grand final win.

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