Netizen 24 GBR: Zak Hardaker provisionally banned from rugby league for failing drugs test

Zak Hardaker provisionally banned from rugby league for failing drugs test Zak Hardaker tested positive for a banned substance f...

Zak Hardaker provisionally banned from rugby league for failing drugs test

Zak Hardaker
Zak Hardaker tested positive for a banned substance following the Super 8s match between Castleford and Leeds on 8 September. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
Castleford Zak Hardaker provisionally banned from rugby league for failing drugs test • Full-back tested positive for banned substance on 8 September
• Hardaker left out of England squad due to be announced at midday

The England international Zak Hardaker has apologised for making “an enormous error of judgement” after being banned by the Rugby Football League for failing a drugs test.

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Castleford dropped the full-back for Saturday’s Super League Grand Final for what they called a breach of club rules and the governing body has now revealed the player tested positive for a banned substance following his club’s win over Leeds a month ago.

“I would like to apologise to my Castleford Tigers teammates, the staff and all fans for my enormous error of judgment,” said Hardaker. “I was given an opportunity by this great club and in what has been one of the most important weeks in its history, I have let everyone at the club down. For that, I truly apologise.

“Finally, I would like to make it clear that in no way did I, nor would I, ever take a substance with the intention of enhancing my performance.”

An RFL spokesperson said: “The Rugby Football League can confirm that Zak Hardaker is provisionally suspended from all competition after it received notification from UK Anti-Doping that he had tested positive for a banned substance following a Super 8s game between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos on 8 September 2017.”

The RFL also confirmed Hardaker’s exclusion from England’s World Cup squad.

A spokesperson for UK Anti-Doping said the organisation was not in a position to make any comment and Castleford have yet to divulge any details but Hardaker could be facing a suspension of up to two years if found guilty of use of recreational drugs.

“If an NGB [National Governing Body] decides to make an announcement, it is their prerogative but we would never divulge or discuss any individual athlete’s data or personal details,” the Ukad spokesperson said. “Each individual has a right to privacy.”

The spokesman said that position would only change if a sanction was imposed.

It is the latest episode in an eventful career for Hardaker, who was thrown out of England’s squad during the last World Cup in 20 13 for a breach of discipline.

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