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.