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Ex-Toulon player Barba expected to plead not guilty in Townsville Court

Former NRL player Ben Barba is expected to fight public nuisance charges on Friday following an incident at a Townsville casino on the Australia Day weekend.

The 29-year-old will front the Townsville Magistrates Court to face two counts of public nuisance.

Barba was sacked by the North Queensland Cowboys in February without playing a game for the club over allegations he was violent towards his partner Ainslie Currie. He was later deregistered by the NRL.

The 2012 Dally M medallist was charged a day after telling a television news crew he had “lost everything” and was getting ready to hand himself into police over the allegations.

He reportedly will not face domestic violence-related charges because Ms Currie had not made a complaint to police.

Barba had been offered a lifeline to return to the NRL with the Cowboys after stints with French rugby union and the English Super League.

The NRL gave Barba a lifetime ban after vie wing CCTV footage of the incident outside the casino.

Barba’s lawyer Campbell MacCallum last week claimed he would attempt to have the ban overturned.

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Ex-Toulon player Barba expected to plead not guilty in Townsville Court