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NRL Commentator: Jack de Belin should be stood down

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 11:14AM
Jack de Belin is facing serious assault charges in the Australian courts. (Photo / Getty)

Australian Rugby League commission chair Peter Beattie has sounded out the Australian Olympic Committee as he considers a seachange in policy for the sport.

The commission meets next week to discuss standing down players charged with serious offences, such as Jack de Belin who has pleaded not guilty to aggravated sexual assault.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Beattie has been in contact with AOC president John Coates, who cut swimmer Nick D'Arcy from the 2008 Olympic team after he was charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

The league commission needs to determine whether they have the power to suspend players for such action, even though they are still to go before the courts.

In the view of Fox NRL commentator Andrew Voss, de Belin needs to be dropped. 

He told Radio Sport Breakfast that is a difficult situation and should be a case-by-case basis, but things are clear here. 

"If I was in charge of the St George Dragons, I'm not letting Jack de Belin play. Surely I'd be saying to de Belin 'Mate, you're not playing for the club'."

Voss says that damage has already been done, and de Belin needs to sort things out with his partner. 

He says if you look at what was presented in court, there are a lot bigger things than rugby. 

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