Former Wigan forward given drugs ban

Former Wigan Warriors forward Gabe Hamlin has been given a two-year ban from the sport after testing positive for cocaine.

Hamlin joined the Warriors from South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2017 and scored three tries in 26 appearances.

The 23-year-old provided the positive test after the Warriors’ game against Leeds Rhinos on 8th February 2019.

In a statement, the club say they dismissed him in July 2019, once it became clear he had failed a drugs test.

It reads: “Wigan Warriors have been constrained legally from commenting until the conclusion of the investigation by UKAD but can now confirm that the Club dismissed Gabe Hamlin on the 19th of July 2019 without notice on his admission of an anti-doping rule violation.

“We wish Gabe well and have offered him rehabilitation assistance once his ban has been served.”

This comes after UKAD rejected a claim by Hamlin that cocaine entered his system after kissing a girl he met on a dating app.

He will now serve a ban until February 2021. The ban has been backdated to the original offence.

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