ST GEORGE Illawarra star Jack de Belin has lost his fight to overturn the NRL’s new ‘no fault’ stand down policy in the Federal Court.
Justice Melissa Perry handed down her judgement into de Belin’s case against the NRL and ARL Commission on Friday afternoon.
The rugby star was challenging the game’s new controversial stand down policy after becoming the first player sidelined under the rules.
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The 28-year-old was stood down after being charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman in Wollongong. He has pleaded not guilty.
The new policy, however, allows the NRL to stand down any player charged with a serious crime which carries a jail term of 11 years or more.
De Belin sued the NRL, arguing the rules were unconscionable, represented a restraint of trade, and constituted unlawful interference with his contract.
Today’s decision, however, means de Belin will be forced to continue warming the benches on the sideline while fighting the aggravated sexual assault charge.