Stood down NRL star’s cancer shock revealed

NRL star Jack de Belin has undergone surgery following a shock cancer diagnosis this year.

De Belin has kept his private medical condition secret this year after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in September.

The 29-year-old is also facing a second sexual assault trial in Sydney next year.

The Dragons star and his co-accused Callan Sinclair, 23, are facing a District Court retrial after a jury was discharged this week after failing to reach a verdict.

After deliberating for just under two days, the jury of seven men and five woman were discharged on Monday afternoon, unable to return a verdict for either man.

The St George Illawarra forward and his friend were facing the possibility of a nine-month wait for a retrial because of the backlog of the cases in the Wollongong District Court.

The shock cancer diagnosis came at the time de Belin and his legal team were preparing for his upcoming trial.

Jack de Belin with the Dragons.Source:News Corp Australia

The Daily Telegraph first reported de Belin’s shock diagnosis came after he found a lump in his testicle earlier this year.

After consulting a specialist, de Belin had keyhole surgery.

The operation was reportedly a success and he is expected to make a full recovery.

De Belin has missed the past two years of his NRL playing career after being stood down under the game’s “no fault” rule.

The NRL earlier this week ruled out making any changes to its hard line “no-fault” stand down policy.

A second trial is set to commence on April 12, 2021, at Sydney District Court.

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