National League One player suspended for voilating anti-doping policy

PUBLISHED: 13:03 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:03 26 June 2013

Action from Old Albanian's October 29 game against Sedgley Park RFC. Picture by EG Baldwin Photography

Action from Old Albanian's October 29 game against Sedgley Park RFC. Picture by EG Baldwin Photography

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A NATIONAL League One player has been handed a ywo-year ban for an anti-doping violation by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Jack Warrington, who plays for Sedgley Park RFC in the same league Old Albanian, tested positive for Methylhexaneamine (MHA), a prohibited stimulant, after appearing for Sedgley Park in an SSE National League One match against Loughborough Students on November 10, 2012.

Antony Davies, sitting as a single judicial officer, suspended him from November 23, 2012 (the date of the original temporary suspension) until November 23, 2014. He is free to play again the following day.

Davies said: “Having heard from the player about his personal circumstances and the level at which he plays, it is not difficult to conclude that he may well not be a player who deliberately uses performance enhancing substances.

“I note his protestations of innocence and disavowal of motive. However they are not sufficient to discharge the burden of proof in this case and I simply cannot be satisfied as to how MHA came to be in the player’s system. When a player tests positive, the burden of proof passes to him.

“This must be a wake-up call to players, whether professional or amateur, particularly with regard to the use of supplements.”


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