Catalans Dragons’ Sam Tomkins and ex-St Helens star Tommy Martyn slam claims of drug use in rugby league

The issue of drug abuse has been doing the rounds in recent days after former rugby league players Jamie Acton and Oliver Wilkes released information about their doping during their careers.

Both Acton and Wilkes have been outspoken on the issue of doping in rugby league in recent weeks, with the former releasing numerous Instagram videos on the subject and the latter giving a tell-all interview on ITV.

The duo professed that doping in rugby league is a huge issue and that it is more commonplace than what people believe.

However, Sky Sports pundit Jon Wells has been one of those that has produced damning evidence against those claims in an impassioned interview.

“I’ve spent the last 25 years in this game as a player, a pundit and an administrator and what has been peddled by Oliver Wilkes and Jamie Acton for me is a false narrative,” Wells told Sky Sports.

“I’ll provide some context to this; 2021 the UK Anti-Doping conducted over 600 tests in rugby league and returned one positive for performance enhancing drugs that was for the growth hormone releasing peptide.

“That was the retest of the 2014 sample for Jamie Acton which kicked all this off – so 0.1% is not right for me.”

Super League owners also apparently met to discuss the issue earlier in the week, whilst Sam Tomkins has now had his say on Twitter.

Tomkins said: “Please don’t buy into this bullshit. The comments made by the 2 retired players would lead you to believe there is a problem with performance enhancing drugs in our sport. That is not true. But it makes a good headline.”

Former St Helens hero Tommy Martyn was also straight talking about the whole issue, tweeting: “Let’s hope the @RFL don’t give jobs to those 2 🛎ends off itv news last night on the dangers of drugs in sports, what does that teach them that they took it n never got caught. Don’t deserve the steam off my piss never mind national press.”

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