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Ben Barba Sensationally Sacked!

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Ben Barba has seen his deal at North Queensland Cowboys terminated following a breach of contract, it has been dramatically revealed.

The full-back, who left St Helens after just one year following a star season in Super League to return to the NRL, is now banished from the competition and unlikely to get a reprieve.

Reigning Man of Steel Barba is alleged to have got himself caught up in a Townsville casino incident according to reports in Australia.

A North Queensland Cowboys statement read: "Today, North Queensland Cowboys terminated the playing contract of Ben Barba due to a significant breach of the terms of his contract.

Chairman Laurence Lancini stated: “When a player joins the North Queensland Cowboys he agrees to abide by the terms of the contract. After an internal investigation, it has been determined that this player has acted in contradiction to both the terms and the spirit of that agreement. Accordingly, the club has terminated his contract and has informed the NRL’s Integrity Unit.”

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According to multiple reports, Barba is said to have been captured on CCTV cameras at The Ville Resort-Casino in an alleged physical altercation with his partner Ainslie Currie.

So Barba has been sacked before even playing a single game for his new club. Reports said he had been training exceptionally hard for the new season ahead at Cowboys. 

What a waste of Rugby League talent.

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The bloke has had his second chance and blown it big time.

The Cowboys have done the right thing for themselves and the NRL.

What a shame to see such a talented player with now a good depth of experience waste it all.

The club had invested a huge amount in him and trusted him to grab this chance to redeem himself. 

He seemed to have turned his fortunes round.

Sadly his character flaws have outweighed his sporting talents.

I feel sorry for the club and their supporters. Like them I'd have loved to have seen a revitalised Ben Barba giving his all to their cause.

Sad.

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To selectively quote Shakespeare,

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But in ourselves,
 
(It would have had a slightly different meaning if I'd finished the second line. I blame the RFL)

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4 hours ago, Farmduck said:

To selectively quote Shakespeare,

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But in ourselves,
 
(It would have had a slightly different meaning if I'd finished the second line. I blame the RFL)

Another angle on this was by Pythagoras who wisely said ‘Stupid is as stupid does’.

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If allegations are true, deservedly sacked in my opinion. He'd better learn a trade fast, because his football career is probably over.

Of course, he might still get a character reference from Greenberg.


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1 hour ago, Vichyssoise said:

If allegations are true, deservedly sacked in my opinion. He'd better learn a trade fast, because his football career is probably over.

Of course, he might still get a character reference from Greenberg.

or maybe not .....

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Mr Greenberg said Barba would never return to the sport if there was evidence of him assaulting his partner.

"If it shows violence towards a woman, then really there's no debate. Ben Barba will be out of the NRL immediately," he said.

"I can't see him ever returning. Certainly, again, if the evidence is there, he simply won't return under my watch.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-02/greenberg-says-nrl-had-a-train-wreck-off-season/10773862

 

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6 hours ago, Vichyssoise said:

If allegations are true, deservedly sacked in my opinion. He'd better learn a trade fast, because his football career is probably over.

Of course, he might still get a character reference from Greenberg.

No character reference from Gburger then. Maybe he’ll go travelling again?


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3 hours ago, Graham said:

No character reference from Gburger then. Maybe he’ll go travelling again?

Reckon he will be back over here (If he avoids jail) our lot just can't help themselves.

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59 minutes ago, Clogiron said:

Reckon he will be back over here (If he avoids jail) our lot just can't help themselves.

Sadly you may be right.


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On ‎2‎/‎1‎/‎2019 at 2:40 PM, Graham said:

The bloke has had his second chance and blown it big time.

The Cowboys have done the right thing for themselves and the NRL.

What a shame to see such a talented player with now a good depth of experience waste it all.

The club had invested a huge amount in him and trusted him to grab this chance to redeem himself. 

He seemed to have turned his fortunes round.

Sadly his character flaws have outweighed his sporting talents.

I feel sorry for the club and their supporters. Like them I'd have loved to have seen a revitalised Ben Barba giving his all to their cause.

Sad.

Quite a few of them about these days, unfortunately.

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No he’ll not be back to Saints or any SL side if he’s banned by NRL:

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Man of Steel Ben Barba will not be allowed to play in Super League if he is banned by the NRL in Australia, the Rugby Football League says.

The 29-year-old former St Helens full-back was the leading try-scorer in Super League in 2018.

He was sacked by his new club , North Queensland Cowboys, on February 1 without playing a game after an alleged assault on his partner at a casino.

The incident is being investigated by Queensland police.

And Barba looks likely to be banned for life by the NRL.

 


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The partner of Ben Barba has pleaded with the North Queensland Cowboys to reconsider their stance on terminating Ben Barbas contract for fear of her families financial security and stability.

Allegedly CCTV footage shows Barba hurl rocks at her outside of the Townsville casino. He is almost certainly rubbed out of the NRL permanently as a result & Queensland Police are continuing their investigation. The couple reportedly spent 7 hours at the casino & got into a taxi shortly afterwards. She is understood to have wanted the matter to remain private much like the 2013 incident where Barba also allegedly assaulted her.

Barba and his partner remain together and were in public having lunch the next day. The North Queensland Cowboys were completely taken aback from the incident with head coach Paul Green stating, "There were absolutely no signs of any issues."

(Quotes & story via The Townsville Bulletin)


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This is a very sad situation for his partner and their children. 

Whileever she sticks by him and with him then she will be at risk again - if the reports are true .

Having said that his employment prospects are now diminished and his future prospects are to be outside the game through which he has made his name.

It's a shame if his partner and children suffer now in yet another way. way.

There are no winners here.

 

 

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NRL.com reporting that Barba and other Cowboys players had to be evacuated from their homes due to the monsoon weather that Northern Queensland has been experiencing. 

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Ben Barba’s NRL career appears over after CCTV footage from a Townsville casino showed the former Dally M Medallist physically assaulting his partner over the Australia Day weekend.

In the aftermath of the release of the vision, Barba has been deregistered from the NRL and seemingly won’t play again after an announcement by NRL CEO Todd Greenberg.

The announcement came after an investigation by the league’s integrity unit into the alleged domestic violence incident.

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

The NRL boss didn’t mince his words when addressing Barba’s prospects of playing in the league in the future.


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NRL referee Henry Perenara has reportedly suffered a pre-season injury that will keep him out for up to 6 weeks of the upcoming season.


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Michael Jennings concedes the "toughest year of his career" had him seriously contemplating walking out for a fresh start with Newcastle before resolving to drag himself and the Eels back into finals footy.

Jennings could easily have joined the raft of off-season transfers when the Knights made a play for the former NSW Origin centre last October and Parramatta were willing to release him to free up funds designed at that point to re-sign Jarryd Hayne.

Frank discussions with coach Brad Arthur left Jennings in no uncertain terms as to where he stood with the wooden spooners – as one of the club's top earners much more was expected than his disappointing 2018 returns.

Eventually Jennings chose to see out the 2019 option he had originally taken up in July last year, vowing to rediscover the form that's delivered a premiership, Test and Origin jerseys and 136 first-grade tries.

"It was close," Jennings told NRL.com of a move to the Knights.

"Ultimately I had the decision if I wanted to stay here or leave and start fresh. That was a really tough decision to make.

" I just wanted to stay and back my ability to help this team succeed. That's my goal here.

"Last year was the toughest year I've ever had in my career. But the beauty of it is you get the chance to learn from all that, you learn to take the positives out of it and you don't want to be in that situation again.

"That's what we're working towards for this year".

Jennings has been back training at left centre this summer after unsuccessful switches to the right edge, with brother George lining up outside him more often than not on the wing.

The birth of his first child 10 weeks ago has given him new perspective on both the game and his sleep patterns.

As a result, a headline declaring him "rugby league's most expensive reserve-grade player" two weeks ago – predicting Jennings to be a high-profile casualty of Parramatta's back line jousting, barely raised an eyebrow from the 30-year-old.

Jennings was the first to admit he deserved to be axed to Intrust Super Premiership duties last July, but says all his conversations with Arthur have indicated he will start round one against his junior club Penrith in the top flight.

"The first time I heard it was just before," Jennings said.

"It hasn't been mentioned to me, Brad hasn't told me that. Whoever's written it might've heard it at the pub. 

"I know what he wants from me and I know what's needed of me. I need to perform on the field - That's basically it.

"I've got all the hard work off the field too and that'll reflect when we all get out there.

"Last year was a learning curve and I learned so much last year. I'm not going to let that define my career or the player I am.

"Everyone goes through bad seasons. For me it was about learning and how I can better myself. I'm on the right track so far this year.

"I don't need that to keep me on my toes, my training has been positive and I'm confident in my ability. If I don't perform I don't perform, but I'll back myself to get back to my best."


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The headline is an eye catcher, but I hesitate to go fully with it as it feels like, as some comments say, he was hunted out by a provocative journalist who got what he wanted.


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