BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Jack De Belin of the Dragons passes during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin has lost his battle against the ARL Commission and the NRL in Federal Court on Friday.

De Belin was fighting for his freedom to play in the NRL, but will now be unavailable to play again this year after the Court upheld the ban.

The Dragons forward was stood down by the league on the eve of the 2019 season, as he faces charges of aggravated sexual assault for an incident back in December. De Belin pleaded not guilty to the charge.

He hasn’t played yet this season due to the NRL’s no-fault stand-down rule, with the Dragons starting the season 4-5 in his absence.

De Belin was hoping to be cleared to face Newcastle this weekend, but will now likely miss the rest of the season as he’s unable to play until a verdict is reached on his case, which could take the rest of the year.


  1. If he wasn’t named in the 21 man quad, how was he hoping to play against Newcastle this weekend?

  2. Excellent decision by the courts. Rugby League needs to protect the image of its game.

    Players who want to make bad choices and put themselves into a position were a court decision must be required. Then that is their choice. All players take note from now on.

    If you break the law of the land or put yourself in a position that requires stretched out court cases and bringing our marvelous game into disrepute. Then kiss your footy good bye. Great stuff NRL, WELL DONE. πŸ’ͺπŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”

  3. The bloke would be gutted and broke now . At least everyone can move on now and we all now know the rule is here to stay and is legit .

  4. Melissa Perry, seething with class hatred, was always going to rule against him. Just as long as we all know what she knows, that innocent unless proven guilty is only for the rich.

  5. He is on 550k per season but the court costs came to 600k. The clown should have stayed home with his wife and baby children. Its about time players are held accountable for their actions.

    If the bloke is innocent then I hope that the evidence clears him but if he is guilty I hope the evidence convicts him. This is a great rule brought in by the NRL. From now on ALL players have to THINK and LOOK at the BIG picture before they make stupid decisions.πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”

  6. How❓❔❓❔❓❔ The courts have just ruled that this STAND DOWN RULE is legitimate and that players who make bad choices and put themselves in a situation for trial are stood down before Sponsors and people flee the game in droves cheering on suspected and possible criminals.

    De Belin or anybody else in the future in the same situation have got no grounds for compensation. The players are still paid on full contract pay.πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”

  7. That’s a myth and always has been. When you are summoned to appear at court on charges, Everybody is in their eyes are Guilty until proven innocent.

  8. A working class guy up against a cashed up organization being judged by a mediocre intellect who only got in the position because of her family connections? She said it herself in her summary. It was all about the supposed damage to the organization and the rights of the organization but nothing at all about his rights. Nothing at all about the very real, tangible damage to the individual.

  9. At the end of the day the decision has been made and whether we agree or not the decision must be respected. This leaves a massive hole for the rest of the season but hey what do you do??

    I’m a little disappointed that the NRL dragged this crap out to the start of the season when they could have possibly sorted this out by suspending Jack at Xmas time and not late feb.

    At the end of the day it’s been 6 months since the incident occurred and I still don’t know what to think of this whole situation but deep down I think the right call was probably made

  10. And you masquerade as a Dragons supporter? The fact he swears by his innocence is of no importance, right?

  11. I have no sympathy for de bellin but I still don’t think it is fair to bring in a NEW rule on the run and apply it retrospectively. But going forward everyone is now aware of the consequences so stiff sh1tt if you stuff up now.

  12. Working class? I wish I was getting paid in excess of $500k as a working class guy.

    This isn’t about guilt or innocence, it is about the fact that his contract states he can’t bring the game into disrepute. He put himself in the situation that risked breaching that part of his contract, simple really.

    As for your earlier comment about suing the NRL. He will never be found innocent, that isn’t how the court system works. It will either be guilty or not guilty. Innocent means he definitely didn’t do it, not guilty means it can’t be proven that he did.

  13. At least our Dylan Walker was proven innocent and doesn’t have to rely on this stupid retrospective rule.

  14. He wasn’t proven innocent, far from it. The Judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt he did it. Far from a ringing endorsement for this lowlife who by the way still has an apprehended violence order against him, that’s how innocent the Judge thinks he is. The girlfriend recanted her story after no doubt worrying about the consequences.

  15. Steve πŸ˜‡πŸŒˆπŸ˜‡& Syd are drag rabbit’0s is that similarβ”β“β”β“β”β“β”β“β”πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ‘

  16. Reyter WoodyChook is a part Dragon. We have a Red and White V in our Blue jersey.πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ†πŸ†

  17. That is precisely the problem for Melissa Perry. A mediocre student and poor prosecutor who gained her position due to family ties. She is furious some working class guy makes that much money, as she made clear in her summary. All about the rights of the NRL and not a word about his rights.

    Not guilty = innocent.

  18. The Dragons have to find a way of moving on from the JDB saga or their season will amount to nothing. They have got the jitters at the moment, and Tyson Frizell said recently that the team’s problems are mental ones. Since Mary was appointed head coach they have made the finals twice, their best effort being last season. He has said that he finally has the roster that he wants, so us supporters are entitled to ask why the team isn’t performing.
    Mary seems to know what the problems are but he hasn’t been able to fix them (yet). Personally I am getting sick of excuses and hearing the same old cliches – We will take a lot out of that game….we will be better for the experience….the boys played their guts out today….a few line ball decisions went against us etc. etc. etc. Well guess what Mary, EVERY TEAM has to cop wrong decisions, injuries, missed goals and everything else that a game of NRL conjures up.
    Mary is now into his fifth full year as coach, and apart from the player roster changes, nothing else seems to have changed. He has to find solutions and new ideas otherwise the status quo will remain. The best coaches (Bellamy, Robinson and Bennett) seem to be able to get the best out of their players, so why is it that the Dragons are being left behind? The have a roster capable of finishing in the top 5-6 teams, but as we have seen so often in past seasons, they have fallen short again.
    Something has to change very soon. The club’s hierarchy should not settle for under achieving & mediocrity. When the Dragons were a single entity their player rosters were nowhere near as strong as what they are now, yet they finished in the finals series on a regular basis. This hasn’t happened with the modern day Dragons since Bennett left at the end of 2011.
    What does it take to motivate the players to strive for improvement and becoming a real threat to the NRL heavyweights?

  19. Budgielegs Price and Mary read from the same old tired script giving insipid answers as to why they failed again and again and again. 7th year of failure coming up since Bennett left and I don’t consider last year success, barely scraping into the eight.

  20. Budgielegs I can tell you what has to be done, sack the clueless dumb coach, all he is fit for is to be a water boy for the NSW blues team like he was doing previously. McGregor is not a first grade coach. Would Bellamy,Bennett or Robinson have a centre and a lazy forward on the bench as impact players when there is some young eager talent in the squad to choose from ?? No of course not, only that dumb clueless coach McGregor would. That just shows you what sort of a coach he really is.

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