To stand trial for murder: Craig Field.

Craig Field has pleaded not guilty. Photo: Brett Koschel

Former NRL player Craig Field has pleaded not guilty to murder over the one-punch death of a northern NSW farmer.

The former South Sydney rugby league captain will face a three-week trial in the NSW Supreme Court at Lismore in November.

He is charged with the murder of Tweed cattle farmer Kelvin Kane outside a hotel in Kingscliff in July 2012.

Accused ... former Souths player Craig Field.

Field in his days at Souths. Photo: Steve Christo

Mr Field's co-accused, Shaun Fathers, had been charged with murder but the charge was dismissed by a magistrate after a committal hearing last year.

Mr Fathers will face Lismore Local Courtthis month over a charge of affray.

Mr Kane, 50, was found lying unconscious outside a pub at Kingscliff, on the NSW north coast. Mr Field and Mr Fathers were arrested.

Mr Kane was placed on life support in hospital but died.

Police previously alleged Mr Field threw a fatal punch during an argument.

On Friday, Crown prosecutor Terry Thorpe told the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney that "there was one blow" and "the Crown contends that he did that with intention at least to cause grievous bodily harm".

Mr Field, who is out on bail, will be represented by barrister Anthony Bellanto, QC.

Field started his league career with Souths in 1990 and was promoted to captain in 1994 before leaving them in 1996.

He spent two seasons at Manly before joining Balmain Tigers, which became Wests Tigers in 2000. He was dropped from the club by 2002.

He had a playing and coaching stint with Pia in France in 2002 and 2003 before returning to Australia.

Field had more recently been the head coach of the Cudgen Hornets A Grade side in the Gold Coast/Tweed Rugby League competition.