It is the sort of case you hope is never affiliated with rugby league but it does come around, as news emerges of a young Holden Cup player from the St George Illawarra Dragons being suspended for drug use.
The club were not the ones that made the decision, with the NRL informing the Dragons that 19-year-old Dylan Lauri has been stood down from all rugby league activities.
The ban comes after Lauri’s A-sample came back positive for nandrolone, a banned anabolic steroid.
With seven games to his belt in the Holden Cup this year as well as a stint in the local Illawarra league, the Dragons say they support the NRL’s decision.
“This advice from the NRL came as a complete surprise to us and we would be extremely disappointed if a player has acted outside the systems, guidance and education provided by the Club and NRL,â€ said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.
“Dylan has participated in Anti-Doping Education as well as further internal information sessions delivered by our High Performance Staff.
â€œWe fully support the NRLâ€™s position and decisionâ€.
With Lauri’s B-sample yet to be tested, he cannot train or play but the clubs have taken steps to ensure the player’s welfare is maintained.