The NRL has taken a hard-line stance on drug use in the game, with the Parramatta Eels Under 20’s prop Rodney Moefaauo suspended for 12 games, following a positive test result to cocaine.
The positive result came after a test conducted on game day of March 12, with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, informing the NRL of Moefaauo’s positive result.
Moefaauo, 19, accepted the 12-game ban with no objections, meaning that a hearing at the anti-doping tribunal, was not needed.
This was the young prop’s first year at the Eels, having previously spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons, at the Cronulla Sharks, though is yet to make his NRL debut.
Shane Mattiske, who is the acting NRL CEO, hopes that the suspension serves as a reminder to all NRL and NYC players, that the organisation takes drug use very seriously, and that players risk bans if they exploit the use of drugs.
â€œThe simple message is that anyone using any drug in Rugby League can expect to be tested and held accountable to international standards,â€ Mattiske said.