Former Toulon player Ben Barba has been charged over an incident at a Townsville casino on the Australian Day weekend which ended his NRL career.
Barba, who played in the Super League last year with St Helens, was sacked by North Queensland without playing a game for the club last month over allegations he was violent towards his partner Ainslie Currie before being deregistered by the NRL.
The 29-year-old has been charged with two counts of public nuisance and will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on March 22.
A ban on him entering Townsville’s entertainment precinct has been extended by three months, Queensland police said on Tuesday.
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 allegations.
He reportedly will not face domestic violence-related charges because Ms Currie has not made a complaint to police.
The NRL’s integrity unit viewed CCTV footage of the physical altercation allegedly between Barba and Ms Currie before league boss Todd Greenberg banned him from the competition.
After winning a premiership with Cronulla in 2016, the star fullback’s career spiralled out of control when he tested positive for cocaine for a second time.
After stints in French rugby union and the English Super League, he was offered a lifeline to the NRL by the Cowboys before his sacking on February 1.
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