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NRL star Jack de Belin is banned from playing until after facing trial

NRL star Jack de Belin, 28, is BANNED from playing until after his rape trial – as a judge upholds controversial stand-down rule

  • NRL star Jack de Belin has been banned from playing until after facing rape trial
  • The Federal Court handed down its ruling on Friday after a month of deliberating 
  • NRL introduced the no-fault stand down rule earlier this year amid controversies
  • De Belin, 28, is currently fighting charge of raping a girl on December 9 last year 
  • Several high-profile players including Dylan Walker and Tyrone May also banned 

NRL star Jack de Belin won’t be allowed to return to the league until after he goes to trial over rape charges, with a judge upholding the league’s no-fault standown rule.

After a month of deliberation, Justice Melissa Perry handed down her decision to the Federal Court in Sydney on Friday, putting the St George Illawarra lock’s career at the crossroads.

De Belin has previously claimed the ban could bring his NRL career to an end, with a court case for the rape charges having the potential to drag on for more than a year.

The judgement relieves great stress on the shoulders of NRL CEO Todd Greenberg and Australian Rugby League commission chairman Peter Beattie, who had rushed the rule through earlier this year after a scandal-plagued off-season.  

NRL star Jack de Belin won’t be allowed to return to the league until after he goes to trial over rape charges, with a judge upholding the league’s no-fault standown rule

De Belin’s fianceé Alyce Taylor (left) – who was pregnant at the time her partner allegedly raped a woman on December 9 last year – has continued to stand by the NRL star amid the allegations

De Belin was banned by the league after being charged with raping a 19-year-old woman after a night out in Wollongong on December 9, last year.

He has vehemently denied the charges and entered a not guilty plea in court earlier this year.

De Belin’s fianceé Alyce Taylor, who was pregnant at the time of her partner’s alleged attack, has continued to stand by the NRL star amid the allegations. 

The decision shuts the door on an immediate return for other NRL stars like May, who is currently facing charges of recording and distributing sexual material without consent.

It comes just days after Manly Sea Eagles centre Dylan Walker – who was also stood down under the controversial rule – was found to not-guilty of assaulting his partner.

Walker will return to the top level this week, despite missing the first nine rounds of the season.

Former Dally M player of the year Ben Barba was stood down for allegedly assaulting his partner, while young gun Dylan Napa was also caught up in a sex scandal. 

Charges were laid against De Belin after he allegedly sexually assaulted the woman in her apartment after a pre-Christmas night out with friends prior last year.

The judgement relieves great stress on the shoulders of NRL CEO Todd Greenberg (pictured) and Australian Rugby League commission chairman Peter Beattie, who rushed the rule through earlier this year after a scandal-plagued off-season

The judgement relieves great stress on the shoulders of NRL CEO Todd Greenberg (pictured) and Australian Rugby League commission chairman Peter Beattie, who rushed the rule through earlier this year after a scandal-plagued off-season

De Belin was banned by the league after being charged with raping a 19-year-old woman after a night out in Wollongong on December 9, last year

De Belin was banned by the league after being charged with raping a 19-year-old woman after a night out in Wollongong on December 9, last year

He and his friend, junior rugby league player Callan Sinclair, had been in Sydney with their mates before travelling to Wollongong, south of the city, to continue the party.

While at a nightclub they met a woman and went back to her apartment, where they are alleged to have engaged in a sexual act with the woman inside her apartment.

It is alleged that while the woman went into an upstairs bathroom, the pair took off their clothes.

When she returned they allegedly assaulted her.

The two men then left the apartment while the woman went to Wollongong Hospital for medical treatment.

In fighting their case before the Federal Court, de Belin's legal team had labelled the NRL's rule 'draconian' and claimed if he did not return to field this season it could have a lasting impact on his career

In fighting their case before the Federal Court, de Belin’s legal team had labelled the NRL’s rule ‘draconian’ and claimed if he did not return to field this season it could have a lasting impact on his career

In fighting their case before the Federal Court, de Belin’s legal team had labelled the NRL’s rule ‘draconian’ and claimed if he did not return to field this season it could have a lasting impact on his career.

Despite his Federal Court loss, de Belin will continue to fight the criminal charges in the NSW Local Court.

He is due to reappear in Wollongong Local Court on May 22. 

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