St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin will begin legal proceedings in Federal Court against the ARL Commission after he was stood down.
De Belin was the first player suspended under the NRL’s new ‘no-fault stand down’ policy.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated sexual assault.
His legal team will now seek an injunction against the ban, with the NRL confirming papers were lodged with the governing body and the Federal Court on Wednesday.
An NRL spokesperson said: “We have this afternoon received legal documents relating to Jack de Belin.
“We are currently reviewing those documents.”
Players under the ‘no-fault stand down’ policy are unable to take to the field until legal matters are finalised through the legal system. They are permitted to remain training with their team and receive full pay though.
De Belin’s case will be heard on Thursday at 2pm.