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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

De Belin drops injunction bid against NRL


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St George Illawarra star Jack de Belin has dropped his attempt to seek an interim injunction against the NRL which would allow him to return to the field immediately.

De Belin was set to have his case heard in the Federal Court on Thursday, the same day the NRL season will kick off when Brisbane meet Melbourne.

However the NSW back-rower, who has been stood down under the game's controversial "no fault" policy, will not proceed.

Instead the case will be heard over three days in the Federal Court from April 15 during which de Belin will challenge the legality of the rule.

De Belin takes on ARLC

De Belin will be unavailable for selection until then.

"Mr de Belin's application for interlocutory relief and the hearing set down for Thursday, 14 March 2019 will not take place," the NRL said in a statement.

"In the interim the No Fault Stand Down Rule will continue to apply to Jack de Belin and he will be stood down during this period."

De Belin was stood down after he was charged with aggravated sexual assault, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

After a horror off-season, the ARL Commission pushed through rules which allows them to immediately stand down any player who has been charged with a crime which carries a jail term of 11 years or more.

The rules were rubber-stamped by the ARLC on Monday.

St George Illawarra star Jack de Belin has dropped his attempt to seek an interim injunction against the NRL which would allow him to return to the field immediately.

De Belin was set to have his case heard in the Federal Court on Thursday, the same day the NRL season will kick off when Brisbane meet Melbourne.

However the NSW back-rower, who has been stood down under the game's controversial "no fault" policy, will not proceed.

Instead the case will be heard over three days in the Federal Court from April 15 during which de Belin will challenge the legality of the rule.

De Belin takes on ARLC

De Belin will be unavailable for selection until then.

"Mr de Belin's application for interlocutory relief and the hearing set down for Thursday, 14 March 2019 will not take place," the NRL said in a statement.

"In the interim the No Fault Stand Down Rule will continue to apply to Jack de Belin and he will be stood down during this period."

De Belin was stood down after he was charged with aggravated sexual assault, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

After a horror off-season, the ARL Commission pushed through rules which allows them to immediately stand down any player who has been charged with a crime which carries a jail term of 11 years or more.

The rules were rubber-stamped by the ARLC on Monday.

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