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St Helens to appeal Barba cocaine ban

St Helens hope to expedite Ben Barba's rugby league return after the English Super League club confirmed it would appeal his 12-game cocaine ban.

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NRL to enforce Ben Barba's illicit drugs ban should Rugby Football League clear debut for St Helens

A 12-match NRL ban will still hang over Ben Barba should he ever return to Australia if St Helens pursue - and succeed - in having his illicit drugs suspension overthrown so he can start his English Super League career immediately.

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Former Cronulla Sharks star Ben Barba signs with English Super League club St Helens

​St Helens have beaten rivals to the signature of former NRL star Ben Barba.

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Discord: Ben Barba may exploit loophole to make unlikely league return

Ben Barba's immediate playing fate will be determined by the world view of the NRL; if it has none, he could be back on the field next weekend.

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Discord: Ben Barba eyes ban loophole

Ben Barba's immediate playing fate will be determined by the world view of the NRL; if it has none, he could be back on the field next weekend.

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Ben Barba visits UK ahead of shock Super League switch

Ben Barba is set for a shock switch to the English Super League less than four months after sensationally quitting the NRL after testing positive for cocaine.

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Sharks have moved on from Ben Barba, says Shane Flanagan

Cronulla have all but ruled out making a play to bring premiership-winning fullback Ben Barba back to the Shire.

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Ben Barba could be set for NRL return, as axe hovers over his head at French rugby club Toulon

Ben Barba might be on his way back to the NRL this season after being told he is surplus to requirements at French rugby club Toulon next season.

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Wallabies back Matt Giteau steps up to coach star-studded Toulon backline

Giteau will be in charge of a backline including compatriots Drew Mitchell, James O'Connor and Ben Barba as well as former All Blacks star Ma'a Nonu, South African legend Bryan Habana and Frenchmen Mathieu Bastareaud and Maxime Mermoz.

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Barba makes Toulon debut in O'Connor's absence

Barba makes Toulon debut in O'Connor's absence

Ben Barba makes his French rugby union debut for Toulon, coming on late in the Top 14 club's loss to Brive.

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Ben Barba makes French rugby debut for Toulon

Ben Barba has made his French rugby union debut for Toulon, coming on late in the Top 14 club's loss to Brive.

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Ben Barba's French rugby debut with Toulon could be a year away, says assistant coach Stephen Meehan

Ben Barba faces months of being a Top 14 spectator, with his new rugby union club Toulon casting doubt on him getting regular game time until 2018.

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Former Cronulla Sharks star Ben Barba says he was treated unfairly by the NRL in wake of drug ban

Former Cronulla star Ben Barba has accused the NRL of double standards over his treatment following a second illicit drug test, but says he's ready to move on from rugby league.

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Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell warns Ben Barba of Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal's expectations

Drew Mitchell has confirmed he is seeking a return to Super Rugby and admits he could be tempted to join the Brumbies.

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Toulon will allow Ben Barba to escape the 'bubble', says Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell

Drew Mitchell has confirmed he is seeking a return to Super Rugby and admits he could be tempted to join the Brumbies.

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Gold Coast Titans NRL star Jarryd Hayne considers following Ben Barba to French rugby

Gold Coast NRL star Jarryd Hayne says he may follow the lead of Ben Barba and chance his arm playing rugby in Europe.

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NRL to audit Cronulla Sharks over termination payout to Ben Barba

The NRL will audit Cronulla in the coming months amid suggestions the Sharks made up to $50,000 of payments to Ben Barba after his contract was terminated last year.

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Stephen Moore backs Ben Barba but says Toulon will expect big things

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has backed Ben Barba to succeed in rugby union but warns his new club Toulon will expect big things from him in the wake of Matt Giteau's departure.

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Ben Barba will be a hit in rugby, predicts cross-code star Craig Wing

Former dual international Craig Wing predicts Ben Barba will benefit personally and professionally from his own cross-code switch, although one of the troubled star's long-time teammates has questioned the motives behind the move.

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Toulon-bound Ben Barba owes the NRL nothing

So Ben Barba should be pilloried for signing a big-money deal with French rugby? Give me a break.

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NRL wants compulsory education and training for players

NRL wants compulsory education and training for players

In the wake of Ben Barba's departure to French rugby, the NRL now wants all players to study at university or do some training during their rugby league careers.

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Ben Barba may have to bide his time following rugby switch: John Connolly

Former Wallabies coach John Connolly predicts Ben Barba will get few opportunities to feature in Toulon's first-choice side in his debut rugby season, but believes the former Dally M medallist could ultimately prove a shrewd investment for the French

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Ben Barba may have to bide his time following rugby switch: John Connolly

Former Wallabies coach John Connolly predicts Ben Barba will get few opportunities to feature in Toulon's first-choice side in his debut rugby season, but believes the former Dally M medallist could ultimately prove a shrewd investment for the French

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NRL and Cronulla Sharks leave door open for Ben Barba to return

The NRL and Cronulla have left the door open for Ben Barba to return to rugby league, however the Toulon-bound bad boy says the lack of a "clear pathway" forced his defection.

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NRL and Cronulla Sharks leave door open for Ben Barba to return

The NRL and Cronulla have left the door open for Ben Barba to return to rugby league, however the Toulon-bound bad boy says the lack of a "clear pathway" forced his defection.

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ARU blocks Ben Barba from playing in Brisbane Tens, Daryl Gibson backs decision

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg can thank his rival code counterpart Bill Pulver after the Australian Rugby Union came in over the top to stop Ben Barba featuring for Toulon at the Brisbane Tens in an act of solidarity against players trying to be

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ARU blocks Ben Barba from playing in Brisbane Tens, Daryl Gibson backs decision

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg can thank his rival code counterpart Bill Pulver after the Australian Rugby Union came in over the top to stop Ben Barba featuring for Toulon at the Brisbane Tens in an act of solidarity against players trying to be

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ARU blocks Ben Barba from Brisbane Tens after star leaves Cronulla Sharks for Toulon

Ben Barba has left the door ajar on a possible NRL comeback in the future but claimed the lack of a "clear pathway" on a 2017 return ultimately resulted in his defection to rugby union.

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ARU blocks Ben Barba from Brisbane Tens after star leaves Cronulla Sharks for Toulon

Ben Barba has left the door ajar on a possible NRL comeback in the future but claimed the lack of a "clear pathway" on a 2017 return ultimately resulted in his defection to rugby union.

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ARU blocks Ben Barba from Brisbane Tens

Ben Barba has left the door ajar on a possible NRL comeback in the future but claimed the lack of a "clear pathway" on a 2017 return ultimately resulted in his defection to rugby union.

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ARU blocks Ben Barba from Brisbane Tens

Ben Barba has left the door ajar on a possible NRL comeback in the future but claimed the lack of a "clear pathway" on a 2017 return ultimately resulted in his defection to rugby union.

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Ben Barba leaves door ajar for a possible NRL comeback after signing deal with Toulon

Ben Barba has left the door ajar on a possible NRL comeback in the future but claimed the lack of a "clear pathway" on a 2017 return ultimately resulted in his defection to rugby union.

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Ben Barba leaves door ajar for a possible NRL comeback after signing deal with Toulon

Ben Barba has left the door ajar on a possible NRL comeback in the future but claimed the lack of a "clear pathway" on a 2017 return ultimately resulted in his defection to rugby union.

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Former Cronulla Sharks star Ben Barba signs $2.5 million contract with French rugby side Toulon

On Thursday morning, Ben Barba informed Cronulla officials he will follow through on his plans to join Toulon, inking a $2.5 million deal to join the French rugby side for the next two and a bit seasons.

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Former Cronulla Sharks star Ben Barba signs $2.5 million contract with French rugby side Toulon

On Thursday morning, Ben Barba informed Cronulla officials he will follow through on his plans to join Toulon, inking a $2.5 million deal to join the French rugby side for the next two and a bit seasons.

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Cronulla Sharks boss Lyall Gorman says he understands Ben Barba's move to French rugby

​Cronulla boss Lyall Gorman admits the club is resigned to losing wantaway star Ben Barba to rugby union, less than two weeks after re-signing him on a one-year extension.

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Cronulla Sharks boss Lyall Gorman says he understands Ben Barba's move to French rugby

​Cronulla boss Lyall Gorman admits the club is resigned to losing wantaway star Ben Barba to rugby union, less than two weeks after re-signing him on a one-year extension.

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We accept Ben Barba's move to French rugby side Toulon, says Cronulla Sharks boss Lyall Gorman

​Cronulla boss Lyall Gorman admits the club is resigned to losing wantaway star Ben Barba to rugby union, less than two weeks after re-signing him on a one-year extension.

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We accept Ben Barba's move to French rugby side Toulon, says Cronulla Sharks boss Lyall Gorman

​Cronulla boss Lyall Gorman admits the club is resigned to losing wantaway star Ben Barba to rugby union, less than two weeks after re-signing him on a one-year extension.

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We accept Barba's rugby move: Sharks chief

We accept Barba's rugby move: Sharks chief

Sharks boss Lyall Gorman says the club accepts Ben Barba's decision to sign with French rugby club Toulon, despite just re-signing him two weeks ago.

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ACT Brumbies said no to Ben Barba before the Cronulla Sharks star joined Toulon

The ACT Brumbies turned down wayward star Ben Barba as the controversial NRL fullback contemplated a code switch.

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Ben Barba could play in Brisbane Global rugby Tens, but NRL takes tough stance against Toulon deal

Ben Barba might not have to travel too far to play his first game for Toulon, with the controversial premiership winner a chance of playing in next weekend's Brisbane Global Tens.

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Ben Barba could play in Brisbane Global rugby Tens, but NRL takes tough stance against Toulon deal

Ben Barba might not have to travel too far to play his first game for Toulon, with the controversial premiership winner a chance of playing in next weekend's Brisbane Global Tens.

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Ben Barba could play in Brisbane Global rugby Tens - but NRL takes tough stance against Toulon deal

Ben Barba might not have to travel too far to play his first game for Toulon, with the controversial premiership-winner a chance of playing in next weekend's Brisbane Global Tens.

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Ben Barba's defection is another case of what goes round, comes round in the rugby wars

With everything else happening about the place, the subtle changes in the relationship between the rugby codes over the past few months – driven by individual players and clubs – may not be immediately apparent.

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Ben Barba's Toulon rugby move good for the Cronulla Sharks, says NRL forward Chris Heighington

Ben Barba's code switch to rugby union in France while serving an NRL suspension will benefit the Cronulla fullback, Sharks forward Chris Heighington says.

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Toulon claims Ben Barba switching codes to union

Toulon claims Ben Barba switching codes to union

French rugby club Toulon announces that banned NRL premiership-winning full-back Ben Barba will play for them for the rest of the Top 14 season.

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Cronulla Sharks NRL star Ben Barba makes switch to rugby with Toulon deal

Ben Barba has made a shock switch to rugby after French club Toulon announced it had signed the troubled star for the remainder of its season.

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Cronulla Sharks star Ben Barba makes switch from rugby league to rugby union with Toulon deal

Ben Barba has made a shock switch to rugby after French club Toulon announced it had signed the troubled star for the remainder of its season.

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Cronulla Sharks' Ben Barba in 'a good place', says Luke Lewis

Cronulla stalwart and Clive Churchill Medal winner Luke Lewis says Ben Barba is "in a good place" after returning to the club following his failed drugs test.

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