Ben Barba’s NRL Fate Hangs in the Balance

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Earlier last month, Cronulla Sharks’ Fullback, Ben Barba was tested positive for cocaine. This was during  Australia’s National-Rugby-League-organised, Illicit Drug Testing Program.

The star player ,and one of the try scorers in Cronulla Sharks’ historic grandfinal win this year, may not make it back next year with the defending champions.

Barba was given a 12-month suspension by the NRL early last month, following the drug test’s outcome.

The test was apparently the second consecutive test in two years, that indicated Barba’s consumption of the illicit substance.

Barba’s suspension comes as a reminder of the ultimate penalty, if one is found to be consuming illicit substances, according to the NRL.

Speculations have arose that Barba will be joining the Japanese Rugby Union competition. But, this has been denied by teammate, Jack Bird, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Bird affirmed that, the fullback will definitely make his comeback with the 2016 premiers.

Ben Barba himself, a father of four, has expressed remorse over the poor choices he has been making.

He is currently undergoing rehabilitation, and hopes to make it back into the Cronulla side, in the near future.

Dinnierose Raiko

Dinnierose Raiko graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts (Journalism) from Divine Word University in March 2016. She joined EMTV Sports in April 2016 covering Sports news and contributes content to and at times Co-host EMTV’s premier sports talk show ,'Sports Scene'. Her previous experience extends to a year of general news reporting for NBC West New Britain, NBC Madang and stringing for PNGFM just before joining EMTV. Having done courts, business, health, Education rounds before, the prospect of doing Sports stories became a new challenge. One that Dinnierose wanted to test herself with. She is now an all-rounder sports reporter but takes a greater interest in Cricket. Dinnierose has since found her niche and hopes to produce her own Sports Show someday.

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