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Rugby Australia rule out return for disgraced Ben Barba

Outrageous skill, terrible life choices. Sad.



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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,”

If you’re unfamiliar with Ben Barba, just watch this…