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NRL set to ban Ben Barba for life

Ben Barba faces a life ban from the NRL if domestic violence allegations levelled against him are proven true.

NRL set to ban Ben Barba for life

Ben Barba faces a life ban from the NRL if domestic violence allegations levelled against him are proven true.

BEN BARBA of the Sharks runs the ball during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.
BEN BARBA of the Sharks runs the ball during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia. Picture:Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images

The NRL has drawn a line in the sand on violence against women with chief executive Todd Greenberg promising to ban Ben Barba for life.

The career of the former Dally M medal winner and Cronulla premiership hero is almost certainly over as Greenberg promised to refuse to register any player found guilty of domestic violence.


Barba was sacked by North Queensland on Friday after club officials viewed CCTV footage of an alleged incident at a Townsville casino over the Australia Day weekend.

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

Greenberg said the game would refuse to register any future contract if he was found guilty.

"We have run out of patience and tolerance for misbehaviour off the field," he said.

"Violence against women is at the very top of that list. If you're violent against a woman you can expect to be removed from the game. It starts now.

"I haven't seen the footage as yet, but if it shows violence towards a woman then really there's no debate. Ben Barba will be out of the NRL immediately and I can't see him ever returning."

The Rugby League Players Association on Saturday said they supported the NRL's hardline stance.

The 29-year-old was already on his last chance after being forced out of the game in 2016 after recording his second illicit drugs strike following Cronulla's grand final win.

He was forced overseas to French rugby union and the English Super League before being thrown a lifeline by the Cowboys.

Barba appears to have few career options in front of him with the league sharing a reciprocal arrangement with the Super League to uphold each other's sanctions.

He will depart the Townsville club without playing a game as the NRL's horror off-season rolled on.

Greenberg described the game's summer of ugly headlines as a "train wreck" with Jarryd Hayne, Jack de Belin, Zane Musgrove, Liam Coleman and Dylan Walker all facing charges of serious offences against women.

Barba's former Cowboys teammate Scott Bolton was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond after he pleaded guilty to common assault in January.

"It's disgraceful and we can't do anything other than protect the game," Greenberg said.

"We're going to get tougher on this sort of stuff because we must protect the game. It's exactly what we're doing on the first opportunity to do so."

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