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Rugby Australia rule out return for disgraced Ben Barba

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Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle has ruled out the possibility of former Toulon star Ben Barba returning to competitive action in Australia should the NRL decide to ban him.

North Queensland decided to terminate Barba’s contract on Monday. This happened after video footage emerged of him assaulting his partner who is the mother of his children.

The issue is currently being investigated by Police. If Barba is found guilty, his career is going to be in turmoil as NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has said that no contract signed by Barba will be registered in future should he be found guilty.

“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 told Fox Sports Australia on Monday.

“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.”

Castle added that she is uncertain as to whether Barba would be able to resume his career overseas if he is found guilty.


She said: “I think it’s slightly more challenging across international boundaries when it’s across codes but that’s what we have in Australia,”

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Toronto Wolfpack List 10 Rugby Union Stars on Wishlist for Rugby League Team

Rugby league side Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed they are looking at ten big names from rugby union to join their club

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Canadian rugby league team Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed that Sonny Bill Williams is not the only star rugby union signature they are looking into getting.

Wolfpack owner David Argyle has already spoken of his desire to bring All Black Sonny Bill to the club but has now confirmed that he is only one of ten names on his list.

His goal is to make the sport a success in Canada with promotion to the Super League the ultimate prize. He believes that to make that dream a reality the team must bring in top quality players but admits that director of rugby Brian Noble and head coach Brian McDermott have the final say on who comes or goes.

“The two Brians are speaking with all of the agents to look at who becomes available for next year. I don’t choose who is recruited, but my view is that it works well for the club to have some of the top names of rugby playing for the Wolfpack. I personally would love to see Sonny Bill Williams in a Toronto Wolfpack shirt. Obviously, it comes down to what both Brians say and how it works out and, of course, it comes down to what Sonny Bill says,” he said.

Argyle is aiming for players that will have achieved all they can come the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year and is excited by the challenge lying ahead in trying to sign players.

“But there are ten really big superstar names out there and we would love to have at least one of those in the squad for next year. There are a few other rugby union players who, after the World Cup, will probably have achieved everything they can in union and might want to come back or jump across to rugby league. I think that’s going to be really exciting, if we are able to secure one or more of those players,” he added.

With Sonny Bill the only name on the list to be revealed yet, we are going to have to wait and see if he heads for Canadian shores and who might join him on his potential journey.

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