Shellharbour's Callan Sinclair, co-accused of aggravated sexual assault with NRL star Jack de Belin, has been a shock inclusion in a Norway squad for next month's World Cup qualifier in London.
The Scandinavian nation, which established rugby league in 2008, will meet Greece on May 18, in what their national coach is describing as "the biggest game in Norway's short history".
Sinclair is one of just two players based in Australia to be named in the 20-man squad this week.
However, the Mercury confirmed on Friday that Sinclair's bail conditions remain in place whereby he must "surrender passport to the police officer in charge and not to apply for another passport", meaning he is still unable to travel.
In December, Sinclair and de Belin were permitted bail when charged over rape allegations after the events inside a Wollongong apartment.
De Belin had the conditions of bail changed to allow him to travel interstate or New Zealand to play with St George Illawarra, but was subsequently banned by the ARL Commission under the NRL's new "no-fault" policy, where players were stood down while accused of committing crimes carrying penalties of 11 years of more.
In February, Sinclair had also attempted to change his bail conditions to allow him to travel and train with Norway, which he is eligible to play for because of his grandfather's heritage.
However, Magistrate Susan McGowan said during the application hearing in Wollongong Local Court while the timing of Sinclair's selection in the Norwegian team was "unfortunate", the allegations against him were "far too serious" for her to grant the application.
Sinclair has played first grade in the opening two rounds of the Group Seven competition for Shellharbour, as the CRL does not have a stand-down policy like the NRL.
The winner of the Norway-Greece clash remain in contention to make the European playoffs, the final stage of qualification for the World Cup, to be played in England in 2021.
De Belin has been training with the Dragons at WIN Stadium while fighting to overturn the "no-fault" policy, with a decision expected next week. If he is successful in ending the ban, it is expected he would play against Parramatta on May 5.
Sinclair and de Belin are due to re-appear in Wollongong court on the aggravated sexual assault charges on May 29.
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