Standout star Barba kicked out of NRL over domestic violence

Standout star Barba kicked out of NRL over domestic violence

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle has ruled out the possibility of disgraced rugby league and former Toulon star Ben Barba from making a return to rugby union in Australia should he be banned from the NRL.

Rugby Australia previously vowed to recognise the ban should the NRL impose it, and the English Super League has also promised to honour any ban imposed on Barba.

"I confirm, as I outlined to you over the weekend, that one - his contract with the Cowboys has been terminated, and two - his registration in the game is no longer and I can't see a time, at any time, in the future that he will be welcomed back".

The Sunday Telegraph is reporting police and the NRL Integrity Unit will investigate three separate incidents, including a heated verbal exchange in the swimming pool area of the hotel in front of several Cowboys players and their partners; an alleged physical clash inside the casino which was caught on CCTV; and another alleged physical incident in the carpark before the pair left together in a taxi. "It's probably time for Ben to find a new vocation", Greenberg said.

"I'm not going to call for (a worldwide ban) but there's no place for him".

The 2016 premiership victor had already been sacked by North Queensland over the incident which is under police investigation. This means the 29-year-old's professional sporting career could well be over.

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Player misbehaviour will again be on the agenda when the ARL Commission meets for the first time in 2019 at Rugby League Central on Wednesday.

"Where we see violence against women we'll act in the strongest terms", he added.

"It's a very clear message for a lot of guys in our sport that it a great privilege to play rugby league, to put a jersey on, to earn a significant incomes which they deserve as footballers, but it comes with real responsibility".

It is a huge blow for a player looking to reignite his career in Australia after he was sacked by Cronulla Sharks in 2016 for failing a drugs test.

"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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