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August 7, 2014
Rugby player suspended for 2 years for steroid use
Kris Radlinski wigan warriors
Kris Radlinski, Wigan Warriors general manager, says Pugsley has apologised to staff, players and sponsors.
O ne of Wigan’s and Wales’ most promising teenage forwards has been banned for two years after testing positive for steroids. The 19-year-old Rhys Pugsley made his Wales debut on his 18th birthday and has been a important member of Wigan’s academy. The club confirmed Pugsley had admitted taking anabolic steroids on one occasion and has accepted responsibility for his actions. Kris Radlinski, Wigan rugby general manager, said in a statement: “Rhys has been honest and contrite throughout the process and has extended apologies to Wigan coaching staff, players and sponsors for his actions in letting down both himself and the Wigan club. “The club will support him, as allowed, through this difficult time and is in the process of constructing a rehabilitation programme to take effect after the recommended period of remorse, reflection and full awareness.” Pugsley, originally from Newport, tested positive for anabolic steroids (metabolites of methandienone) following an out-of-competition test on 22 April 2014 and was provisionally suspended from all competition on 15 May. He is banned from all competition until 14 May 2016. Graham Arthur, the UK Anti-Doping legal director, said: “Athletes should be under no illusion. From January 1, this type of offence will result in an automatic four-year ban. The 2015 World Anti-Doping Code deals severely with those who, like Rhys Pugsley, choose to intentionally dope.” http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/aug/07/wigan-warriors-forward-rhys-pugsley-two-year-ban-steroid-use