14 Mar 2013

Ben Barba set for shock return to NRL

11:55 am on 14 March 2013

The Canterbury Bulldogs league fullback Ben Barba is poised for a shock return to the National Rugby League as early as round four following his discharge from a health clinic, and an emotional apology to his team-mates.

Staff at the clinic decided on an early release for Barba believing that he'd benefit from a return to his team environment.

Launched at the start of the season as the new face of the NRL, the brilliant fullback's life had gone off the rails as he battled a raft of personal problems.