Ben Barba's career appears over after NRL deregistration

Ben Barba's career appears over after NRL deregistration

Ben Barba's career appears over after NRL deregistration

The English Super League and Australian Rugby Union have both indicated they won't offer Barba a career lifeline, leaving European club rugby union as his only option if he wanted to continue playing football.

Murphy caught the first flight north after news of Barba's latest off-field incident broke on Friday and immediately sought the CCTV footage which allegedly shows Barba assaulting his partner Ainslie Currie at a Townsville casino on Australia Day.

"It was a physical altercation and that was plenty for me to make the decision I've made", Greenberg told reporters on Tuesday.

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

Barba, who won the league's top individual honour while playing for Canterbury-Bankstown in 2012, has not played top tier rugby league in Australia since 2016 after being suspended indefinitely by the league after testing positive for cocaine.

In the same season the Bulldogs asked the NRL integrity unit to investigate media reports that Barba punched a woman in the face.

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NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said he did not see a time "or any time in the future" when Barba would be welcomed back to the game. Including Matthew Lodge, who is still under contract with the Brisbane Broncos and free to play in the NRL, despite a 2015 arrest at gunpoint in NY after stalking two women, committing a horrific, violent home invasion, and assaulting the occupant of the house who was unknown to him. "Ben Barba will be out of the NRL immediately and I can't see him ever returning".

If that happens, the RFL say it will uphold the suspension, blocking a route back to Super League.

"We will always uphold any ban imposed by the NRL under a reciprocal agreement between RFL and the NRL", a RFL statement said.

"We are bound to follow that process - but if the facts of this case turn out to be as reported, the RFL would condemn them as deplorable".

He went to French club rugby then to Super League in England, where he rebuilt his career, winning the Man of Steel award, and was offered a one-year deal by the Cowboys.

An overseas rugby club may be Barba's only hope.

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