Barba to make rugby league return

Fox Sports are reporting that former Man of Steel Ben Barba has been cleared to make his return to rugby league in an event taking place outside the NRL.

The fullback will take the field nine months after being banned from the NRL after allegations of violence outside a casino in the Kanaka Proud Cup in an event which honours the history of Queensland’s blackbirded community and is a none NRL sanctioned game.

Organiser Marion Healy said: “The Kanaka Proud Cup is not an NRL sanctioned event, therefore Ben is free to play.”

“Ben is representing his grandmother’s family, it is an event based on our community and our shared history of being blackbirded South Sea islanders in the area.”

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