Super League owners reportedly meet over rising drug problem

Super League owners have reportedly met today to discuss the current media limelight given to recent doping admissions.

Former Leigh Centurions forward Jamie Acton was the first to break the silence before Christmas, outlining his willingness to take drugs whilst he was playing rugby league.

That led to him being given a two-year ban from the sport – although this did come two years after he retired.

Rangi Chase was recently handed a month ban for taking cocaine and former Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity forward Oliver Wilkes spoke to ITV about taking performance enhancing drugs whilst at Whitehaven in order to get a Super League gig.

There’s perhaps no surprise therefore that Super League owners decided to meet – according to one journalist – in a bid to get a grip of the situation.

The Game Caller – a journalist for BBC West Yorkshire Radio Rugby League – tweeted today: “I’m hearing several Super League owners have met to discuss the growing concerns around cocaine and drug use by players that are engulfing the sport of #RugbyLeague. Interesting to see where this goes because we do need a cleaner game with the latest round of revelations.”

“One Super League owner I spoke to accepts that the problem is widespread and is a ticking time bomb for the sport of #RugbyLeague. Good to see the owners of the clubs, who employ the players taking action over a problem that many have chosen to ignore for so long.”

Brian Carney seemingly addressed the problem on Sky Sports this morning, saying: “I roll my eyes when we now see them roll out and talk about some issues they have faced subsequent to their bans or coming out and describing the events of their careers,” Carney said.

“Where’s the word sorry in all this? The game of rugby league has now got to publicly defend itself against charges of widespread performance enhancing drugs abuse in the sport which is not the case.

“I’m close to the game, I’m close to current players, recently retired players and that is not the case.”

But Super League owners look determined to nip it in the bud.

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