Ben Barba Deregistered As NRL Finally Gets Serious About Player Behaviour

Florence Fletcher
February 8, 2019

"I can confirm that there was a physical altercation between the player and his partner, " Greenberg said on Tuesday.

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.

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.

Barba was sacked by the North Queensland Cowboys on Friday night after leaving the English Super League to join the club ahead of the 2019 season, and Greenberg threatened the Dally M Medal victor with a life ban from the NRL if he was proved to have been violent towards a woman.

"It's probably time for Ben to find a new vocation".

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

With Castle's refusal to register a player with Barba's record, the former Cowboys fullback will have limited opportunities to continue a professional sporting career.

He was restricted to playing the last five matches of the season for Saints, but made up for lost time in 2018 when he was named in the Super League Dream Team and became the first player to win both the Dally M Medal and Man of Steel.

Castle said she believed that extended to overseas clubs when it involved a rugby player but couldn't rule out a rugby league player such as Barba finding a new home.

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Although he stopped short of calling it a life ban, the deregistration effectively ends Barba's NRL career dead in its tracks.

"I can't see a time at any time in the future when he'll be welcomed back."

He is alleged to have assaulted his partner and mother of his four children, Ainslie Currie, and is being investigated by police.

The 29-year-old was sacked by North Queensland Cowboys on Friday without having played a game for the club after what they described as a "significant breach" of his contract following the reported incident at a Townsville Casino.

"We'll treat every case on its merits, but when there's violence and where there's violence against women it will sit on top of the scale, " he said.

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

"This is an enormous outcome because this is a guy that now loses his livelihood and career in the game".

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