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1st August 2016, 09:59 | anti-doping

Player suspended for eight years

Player suspended for eight years

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that Rugby League player, Rhys Pugsley, has been suspended from all sport for eight years after committing a second Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Pugsley, from Newport in Wales, tested positive for the presence of the anabolic steroid nandrolone following an out-of-competition test on 8 February 2016.

At the time of the test the former Wigan Warriors Academy and Welsh international was already serving a two-year ban for steroid use which was committed in April 2014. As a result of the player committing a second ADRV, a ban of eight years was imposed under Article 10.7.1(c) of The World Anti-Doping Code.

Pugsley is banned from all sport from 3 March 2016 until midnight on 2 March 2024.

The full written decision can be found under current rule violations on the UKAD website.