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July 22, 2015
Rugby: Former Under-16 and Gloucester Academy junior given four-year doping ban for steroid use
Daniel Spencer-Tonks in action for Coney Hill Former England Under-16 and Gloucester junior academy member Daniel Spencer-Tonks has been slapped with four-year ban from all sport after testing positive for steroid use. The University of Gloucestershire All Golds player made three substitute appearances for the Cheltenham-based rugby league club before undergoing the test. Spencer-Tonks, 20, returned positive results while out of competition on February 17, for metabolites of the exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid stanozolol – often used by bodybuilders -and is suspended until February 16, 2019. UKAD director of operations Pat Myhill said: “Daniel Spencer-Tonks is the second person in the UK to receive a mandatory four-year ban under the 2015 WADA Code.
“Daniel is a young man and his decision to take steroids has greatly impacted on his sporting career. “The new tougher sanctions ensure that those who consciously choose to cheat, and ultimately keep clean players from their rightful place in the team, will be removed from sport for a longer period of time. “I hope this will act as a greater deterrent to those who are considering cheating in the future.” Spencer-Tonks came through the union ranks and represented England Under-16s before crossing codes to league. The former Chosen Hill pupil represented Hucclecote, Coney Hill, Gloucestershire while playing the 15-man game and was previously a member of Gloucester’s academy. He is the second All Golds player to test positive for a performance enhancing drug in the last year following Frankie Foster’s two-year suspension in September. The former Cheltenham Bournside sixth form student tested positive for clomiphene, a hormone or metabolic modulator following the All Golds’ Championship One defeat to Oldham on July 13. But the club have been quick to stress their condemnation of drug use and have clarified Spencer-Tonks is not a student at the club. A spokesperson added: “The player took the banned drug before the season started and was immediately dismissed once the test results were received. “The University of Gloucestershire All Golds condemns drug use in sport and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.” Read more: http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/England-16-Gloucester-academy-junior-given-year/story-27456530-detail/story.html#ixzz3getb1U00