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‘Tough but fair’: NRL CEO confident in no-fault stand down amid de Belin verdict

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Following a hung jury on five sexual assault charges, the Dragons’ Jack de Belin will remain stood down by the NRL under their no-fault policy until at least May 28.

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo confirmed if the Director of Public Prosecutions chooses not to pursue a third trial, “he’ll be free to play”.

Mr Abdo was confident the policy will stand and not face a further legal challenge from de Belin.

“It’s a tough but a fair rule, but it’s one that’s been affirmed by the Federal Court.

“This rule is there for the right reasons, it’s there to protect the game.”

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