Rob Burrow shares his thoughts on claims of widespread drug use in rugby league

The story dominating rugby league at the moment is the supposed widespread use of performance enhancing drugs within the sport.

This came after Jamie Acton and Oliver Wilkes opened up about their mental health and doping throughout their playing careers. Both players have been determined to shine a light on the issue, believing it is widespread in the sport, with Acton routinely voicing his views on Instagram whilst Wilkes opened up to ITV in a tell-all interview.

The pair clearly believe what they are doing is important for the game and its players, but have widely been condemned with Jon Wells claiming that the two are peddling a “false narrative” on Sky Sports, with Brian Carney and Jon Wilkin echoing these claims.

He even cited the stats: “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.”

Since then reigning Man of Steel Sam Tomkins has slammed the claims as has former St Helens star Tommy Martyn. Furthermore, it is believed the Super League owners met to discuss the issue this week.

Now Rob Burrow has also had his say. Burrow is a legend of the game having played for 18 seasons and for his country. He’s also worked as an academy coach and won eight Grand Finals with Leeds, the second highest tally in Super League history and the most won with a single club.

He too slammed the claims made by Acton and Wilkes. When retweeting Sam Tomkins’ comments on the matter, the former Leeds number seven said: “Totally agree Sam. What a load of rubbish. I’ve never played with anyone on drugs.”

Burrow continues to battle Motor Neurone Disease after being diagnosed in 2019, but he still had the time to defend the sport he loves.

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