NRL player suspended after positive test

The NRL have stood down a St George Illawarra Dragons Holden Cup player, after he tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

NRL Chief Operating Officer, Jim Doyle said on Friday the NRL’s Anti-Doping policy requires the NRL to stand down Under 20s player, Dylan Lauri, once a positive sample is recorded. His A-sample has tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone.

Lauri will not be allowed to play – or even train – with the club until the issue has been resolved, which will most likely mean the testing of a B-sample for any banned substances. And the Dragons have thrown their support behind the decision, insisting they fully respect any decision the game’s governing body may have made.

“This advice from the NRL came as a complete surprise to us and we would be extremely disappointed if a player has acted outside the systems, guidance and education provided by the Club and NRL.

“Dylan has participated in Anti-Doping Education as well as further internal information sessions delivered by our High Performance Staff. We fully support the NRL’s position and decision.”

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