Two Superleague Stars fail Drugs Tests –

It’snotbeenagoodweekendsofarforthesportofRugbyLeague,despitesomeexcellentmatchestoopenuptheSuper8’swithStHelenstravellingtorunawayleagueleadersCastlefordTigersandinflictingtheir1sthomedefeatinover12months,alongwithLeedsoverturningthe34-0defeattoWigan2weeksagowitha32-16-winlastnighttomoreorlessendWigan’schancesofatopfourfinish。

ThemainheadlinesmakingthetabloidsisthetwoplayersthathavebeensteppeddownfromallclubactivitiesafterfailingrandomdrugstestsfortheillegalrecreationaldrugCocaine。

OnThursdayevening,shortlybeforeCastlefordandStHelensweretoopenthisyear’sSuper8’s,itcometolightthatformerManofSteelwinner,EnglandInternationalandCurrentWidnesVikingsplayerRangiChasehadtestedpositivefollowinghisclub36-8defeatatthehandsofWakefieldTrinityinJuly。

Chasehashadamorethancolourfulcareer,sincearrivingatCastlefordfromAustraliaeightyearsagoasanunknown,whosoonsettheleaguealightwithcreativityandskills。

Unfortunately,hisoff-fieldrecordhasalwaysovershadowedhisabilitiesonthefield,withacareerfulloffinalwarningsandbeenshownthedoorbyCas,Salford,LeighandonlythisseasonCastlefordagainreleasedhimfromhissecondspellattheclubtojoinWidnesafterseveraloff-fieldincidents。

ThenLastnightitwasannouncedthatanotherplayerthatwastestedafterthesamegameinJuly,hadalsobeenfoundtohaveCocaineinhissystem。

Thistimeitwasanotherplayerthathashadhisfairshareofbadpressoverthepastfewyears,WakefieldTrinity’sScottishInternationalPropforwardAdamWalker。

ThepropforwardhasonlyrecentlyjoinedWakefieldafterfindingGametimehardtocomebyatStHelens,whohejoinedduringthepreseasonfollowingHullKR’srelegation。

The26-year-oldhadbeenaregularsincejoiningTrinityandhadonlybeennamedinSteveMcCormack’s40-manScottishtrainonsquadforthisyear’sworldcup24hoursearlier。

Bothplayershavebeenstooddownfromalltraining,playingandofffieldclubdutieswhiletheirsamplesareretestedbytheUKAnti-Dopingagency!

Shouldtheybefoundpositivethenbothplayersfacethepossibilityofatwo-yearbanfromthesport,withtheprecedentalreadybeingsetwhenCurrentLeighCenturionsforwardGarethHockwasfoundwithCocaineinhissystemwhilstplayingforWigan。

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