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Federal Court rules in favour of ARL Commission in Jack de Belin case

Jack de Belin's challenge of the ARL Commission's 'no fault stand down policy' has been dismissed by the Federal Court.

Justice Melissa Perry handed down her judgement in the landmark case on Friday, denying de Belin's claims to be reinstated to the NRL.

De Belin has been ordered to pay the legal costs of the ARLC, with his challenge of his suspension as unconscionable, representing a restraint of trade and constituting unlawful interference with his contract each dismissed.

The NSW Origin lock was the first player stood down by the NRL's new 'no fault stand down' policy.

It was enacted before the 2019 season kicked off, allowing for the automatic suspension of players charged with serious criminal offences that carry a jail term of 11 years or more.

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De Belin was charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman in December, denying the allegations and pleading not guilty.

RLPA CEO Ian Prendergast reiterated the union's opposition to the stand down policy in a statement outside court, hinting at raising "a dispute under the CBA.

"We're disappointed in the court's decision today," Prendergast said.

"Not only on behalf of Jack but all of our members, in fact all professional athletes in this country.

"We maintain our opposition to the policy throughout based on our belief that it goes outside of what we've agreed to under the collective bargaining agreement in terms of the process followed by the NRL and the penalties it effectively imposes.

"We'll now go away and consider the collective issues on behalf of our members including issuing a dispute under the CBA."

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