The NRL is seeking legal advice and canvassing other sports as it contemplates standing down players who are charged with serious offences, such as Jack de Belin.
The Australian Rugby League Commission will meet next week when the issue will be top of the agenda in the wake of a scandal-plagued off-season.
Should the ARLC change the game's long-held policy of allowing players to take the field while they are before the courts, St George Illawarra lock de Belin could be immediately sidelined.
De Belin has pleaded not guilty to the charge of aggravated sexual assault in company of a 19-year-old woman, with the club refusing to stand him down.
The Dragons are today expected to announce whether de Belin will be selected for their trial match against Newcastle at Jubilee Stadium on Saturday.
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