RL: SUPER LEAGUE TO HAVE TWO-YEAR BAN FOR STEROIDS
LEAGUE SUPER DAYLEAD
By Steele Tallon of AAP
SUVA, Fiji, Feb 21 AAP - Super League players testing positive
to steroids would face a two year ban, in line with the
International Olympic Committee's drug policy, the breakaway rugby
league competition's board ruled here.
Speaking after a two-day Super League World Board meeting,
chairman Maurice Lindsay said a second anabolic steroid offence
would result in a lifetime suspension.
Lindsay said there was no place for any drug in rugby league,
and steroid use deserved such harsh penalties.
He said the bans were similar to those of the International
Olympic Committee and Super League admistrators would not shirk at
Players would be tested "at regular intervals" thoroughout the
"To me, this is an indication of how seriously this board views
drug misuse," Lindsay said.
"We do not want it in our game."
Also today, the Super League Board ratified a number of new
rules which would be fully enforced for the first time at the World
Nines tournament starting here on Thursday.
The first of these was a "zero tackle" rule.
This means if a player fields an opposition kick and is tackled
after running the ball back without kicking or passing it, then
that tackle will not be counted in the tackle count.
"The intention is to keep the ball in play more often," said
"In the past, players have tended to let kicks roll over the
touchline for a scrum so they don't waste a tackle."
Another rule change is in the grey area of kick rebounds.
Under the new law, if a kick rebounds off a defending player and
goes into touch without him playing at the ball then the defending
team will retain the scrum feed.
Stealing the ball will be allowed in one-on-one tackles and
interchange will be allowed in international matches.
Also endorsed was the employment of a system where international
players sent off on tour will face the host country's judiciary and
Meanwhile, players from the 16 national teams taking part in the
World Nines have arrived in Suva and will take part in an opening
ceremony march through the city's streets today.
E***ment among locals is running high, with close to 35,000
people expected to pack into the national stadium over the
Although hit by injury, Australia, New Zealand and England are
expected to make their way through to Saturday's semi-finals, with
the local side expected to force its way into the fourth play-off
The grand final is set down for 4.30pm (AEDT) Saturday.
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