The National Rugby League has reassured fans that the Cronulla Sharks will take the field in the opening round of the season and that the NRL will support the club and its Board throughout the current ASADA investigation.

“With the season kick-off just hours away we accept that the ongoing speculation around the ASADA investigation is causing incredible uncertainty for many in the game, particularly right now for Cronulla and its fans,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr Dave Smith, said today.

“As I have said from day one, the NRL is taking the ASADA investigation very seriously.

“It is an investigation that must be allowed to run its course and it is inappropriate for us to enter into speculation about what may be taking place.

“Let me make it very clear, however, the absolute majority of our players – the absolute majority – are doing the right thing. They are great ambassadors for the game, on and off the field as we will see at Allianz Stadium this evening.

“The Telstra Premiership is the closest and most exciting competition in sport and there is every reason for fans to look forward to a great year of Rugby League.”

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