Former NRL star Craig Field loses sentence appeal

A former Rugby League player sentenced to ten years over the death of a farmer on the Tweed, tried and failed to appeal his sentence and conviction on Wednesday.

Ex Rabbitoh Craig Field was jailed for manslaughter over a pub fight at the Kingscliff Hotel in July 2012, which left north coast cattle farmer Kelvin Kane dead.

The sentence was delivered in the Lismore court complex a year ago.  It was determined that he would face a non parole period of seven years and six months.


Field lodged a last-minute reference from media heavyweight Alan Jones – a former mentor of his at the Rabbitohs who described him as “enthusiastic, passionate and decent”.

Justice Fullerton said the community demanded a “general deterrence” for “unprovoked, uncontrollable, lethal violence”.