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April 5, 2017

News Corp published photos of his partner with cuts and bruises to her face, however, she made no complaint to the NRL or the club.

"Ben came to us and was really open about it all.

After a stint at Brisbane in 2014, Barba played a leading part in Cronulla's 2016 grand final win, scoring a decisive try in the first-half. The life ban for Barba after a brilliant career marred by off-field controversies may mark a watershed moment for the NRL with Greenberg promising an escalation in penalties, particularly for indiscretions involving violence against women, after an off-season littered with ugly headlines. ", 'Complete train wreck': NRL's 66 scandals in four years, CCTV captures Kiwi cop saving woman from AFL player's brutal attack, Two new faces in All Blacks squad for Rugby Championship, 'It's like James Bond out there': Jimmy Spithill's America's Cup predictions, How Trump ploughed through $1.52 billion, losing cash advantage, Police appeal for sightings of van involved in motorcycle crash, One dead and two injured in East Auckland house fire. In a bid to pick up the pieces of his life, Barba is now set to get behind the wheel in his hometown of Mackay with a view to one day work in the mines. An emotional Greenberg, who knew Barba from his time as his club CEO at the Bulldogs, said he had not spoken to the 29-year-old but had sent a message to Currie through a third party to offer support and counselling. NRL Chief executive Todd Greenberg confirmed that the "physical altercation between the player and his partner" had been caught on CCTV and said there was no place left for him in the game. According to Courier Mail, the new job means Barba will take a substantial pay cut, where he was previously earning $500,000 a year, to now earning $27.20 an hour. The former Dally M Medallist and premiership-winner — who was on the verge of kickstarting his NRL career with the Cowboys after a stint in the UK’s Super League — has begun his new life as a tradie. Take our quick survey now for your chance to win one of three $100 vouchers. I hope he turns his life around. His hardline stance came after the NRL integrity unit viewed CCTV footage of a physical altercation involving Barba and his partner Ainslie Currie at a Townsville casino over the Australia Day weekend.

He told an television news crew he had "lost everything" and threatened to "hurt" a reporter when asked whether he assaulted Ainslie Currie on Australia Day. Player misbehaviour will again be on the agenda when the ARL Commission meets for the first time in 2019 at Rugby League Central on Wednesday. "I'm not going to call for (a worldwide ban) but what I am going to say is that in the jurisdiction that I uphold, there's no place for him," Greenberg said.

Like to have your opinion heard? Covid-19: 'Major outbreak' at Christchurch isolation facility housing dozens of international fishermen, Woman and 6-year-old son racially abused at Christchurch mall car park, 'One lonely hanger is all that's left': Trelise Cooper burgled, Public urged to contact police, not post on social media after rape allegations against Wellington musicians, The AM Show's Duncan Garner will go vegan for a year, sticking with his pre-election promise, Match Fit leaves All Blacks and audience gasping, Du’Plessis Kirifi, George Bower called into All Blacks squad for Tri-Nations in Australia, Blaze victim's anger at response time: 'The fire was fast and they were slow', Quiz: Afternoon trivia challenge October 20 2020, Donald Trump's first presidential debate performance leads to muted microphones. "His registration with the game is no longer and I can't see a time, at any time in the future, that he'll be welcomed back," Greenberg said. Barba was alleged to have committed an act of domestic violence against long-time partner Ainslie Currie on Australia Day at a Townsville casino but he was only charged with a public nuisance charge. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg deregistered Barba last week, and said he couldn’t foresee any way back for the former Dally M Medallist. Disgraced former rugby league star Ben Barba has found a new sport. Good. Ben Barba has taken up playing football in the wake of his rugby league ban. "At the end of the day, Ben is a human being with a partner and four young kids and we can't just toss them out without any care. The 2016 premiership winner had already been sacked by North Queensland over the incident which is under police investigation. Barba is due to make his first appearance in Australia on February 15 for the Indigenous All Stars in Melbourne after a three-year exile that saw stints in the Super League and French rugby. Banned form all forms of rugby league, the former Dally M Medallist and premiership winner has taken up football. The NRL deregistered Barba following the incident on Australia Day. "From our point of view we are not interested in the past, we are interested in now," Susani told The Daily Mercury. Please sign in to contribute to the Mamamia Community. "We are going to help Ben wherever possible," he told the Courier Mail. Now axed NRL player Ben Barba has reportedly taken a job as a truck driver after an alleged physical altercation with his partner, which led to his life ban from the sport. “His registration with the game is no longer and I can’t see a time, at any time, in the future that he’ll be welcomed back,” Greenberg said. "What I am going to say is that in the jurisdiction that I uphold, there's no place for him. From commanding a $500,000 salary to now earning an average of $27.20 an hour as a truck driver, Australian league star Ben Barba has suffered a stunning fall from grace. The English Super League and Australian Rugby Union have both said they won't offer Barba a career lifeline, leaving European club rugby union as his only option if he wants to continue playing professional football. Like $100 even more? It's probably time for Ben to find a new vocation. Photo / Getty. If you're not already a Mamamia member, sign up (it's easy, we promise).

Mackay based newspaper, The Daily Mercury, is reporting Barba is playing for the Mackay Rangers in the Mackay Premier Men's League.

Having debuted in 2008, Barba won the 2012 Dally M and led Canterbury to the grand final that year before his career first spiralled out of control.

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