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Jack de Belin to learn NRL fate on Friday

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St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin will soon learn if he will be allowed to return to the NRL.

The Federal Court has confirmed that Justice Melissa Perry will hand down her judgment in de Belin's case against the ARL Commission and NRL on Friday at 4pm.

The NSW State of Origin lock, who is facing a sexual assault charge, launched legal action after he was stood down under the code's new "no-fault" rules.

St George Illawarra and NSW forward Jack de Belin will learn if his legal action against the NRL and ARL Commission has been successful on Friday. © AAP Images St George Illawarra and NSW forward Jack de Belin will learn if his legal action against the NRL and ARL Commission has been successful on Friday. The rules, which were rubberstamped in March, allow the NRL to stand down any player accused of a serious crime which carries a jail sentence of 11 years or more.

De Belin was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman in a Wollongong unit last December.

He has pleaded not guilty.

De Belin and his lawyers have argued that the rules represent a restraint of trade and unlike other professions and codes, he was not able to appear before a disciplinary hearing.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg and ARLC chairman Peter Beattie made the case for the rules after the game's "summer from hell", during which several players were charged with serious offences.

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