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Bird allowed to play in Super League

30/04/2009 06:45:51 AM Comments (0)

Sacked NRL star Greg Bird will be allowed to play in Europe's Super League pending a sentence for glassing his girlfriend in the face and lying to police.

The Rugby Football League (RFL) said it would take no action until ex-Test pivot Bird, who was found guilty of reckless wounding and making a false accusation to police, is sentenced in Sydney on June 22.

"We will let the criminal justice system take its course before making any enquiry of our own," the England-based RFL said in a statement.

"As is standard in all cases where a player is found guilty of a criminal act, once a final decision has been taken by the courts (including on sentence) the matter will be considered by the RFL Compliance Manager."

A precedent has been set, with England five-eighth Leon Pryce and ex-Test winger Stuart Reardon allowed to continue playing in the Super League after being convicted of assault recently.

Bird's legal counsel have indicated they will appeal against his conviction in the NSW Supreme Court.

An abductor injury may keep Bird on the sidelines, however, with his French Super League club, Catalans Dragons, saying he is in doubt for this weekend's clash with champions Leeds in Scotland.

British immigration officials refused to comment on whether Bird would be granted entry to play matches in the UK now that he has been convicted.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: "All entry clearance decisions are taken on their individual merits in line with the immigration rules.

"Where an individual has been refused a visa they are able to apply again.

"Any new evidence and the reasons for any previous visa refusal would be considered."

The Dragons threw Bird a lifeline after he was stood down by NRL club Cronulla and then denied a working visa under tougher UK immigration laws to take up a three-year deal with Super League club Bradford.

The five-eighth was appointed Dragons captain by coach Kevin Walters after just two games off the bench, leading them to four straight wins - but they recently lost 44-10 to Hull KR in his absence.

Dragons were planing to fly Bird back to France as soon as possible following the court case to assess his injury.

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