Sam Barlow admits to assault charge

Leigh Centurions star Sam Barlow has pleaded guilty to assaulting an Anti-Doping Agency official.

The 28-year-old has been unable to play Rugby League this season following the allegations made against him, which are alleged to have taken place in July of 2015 when he was visited at his home in Halifax.

The former Sheffield, Halifax and Featherstone star, who was once a reported target of Leeds Rhinos, will be sentenced on June 27 at Bradford Crown court, three weeks after a drugs appeal hearing on June 6. It is probable that Barlow will be banned from playing Rugby League.

Barlow, who helped Scotland to the quarter-final of the 2013 World Cup, will not stand trial on charges of perverting the course of justice and false imprisonment.

Regarded as one of the Championship’s best players, Barlow has become one of Rugby League’s biggest love-to-hate figures, although he has been a popular player on the terraces of all his former clubs.