Keith Senior & Ryan Bailey are reported to have tested positive for banned substance 'ephadrine' during tests whilst members of the GB camp during the recent tri-nations competition.|
I understand from my source close to the players, that Keith and Ryan were both feeling under the weather after a training session with the GB side. Both went together to a local chemist to enquire which 'cold remedies' did not contain substances on the 'banned' list.
The pharmacist found one which appeared to be okay and sold the remedy to the players.
After one of the matches, the two players were selected for random testing and admitted to the tester that they were taking this product prior to being tested. Unbeknown to these players, the product contained 'ephadrine' which was not listed as an ingredient, and the two failed the test.
Fines of Â£1,500 were dished out to each player, and they are expected to contribute around Â£700 each to the costs of their hearing.
Have they got off lightly?
In 2002, Adrian Morleys younger brother Chris, then a Leigh player, was suspended for 3 months for a similar offence, but got a smaller fine. Earlier this year, Swinton player Peter Cannon got a three month ban after taking a 'flu remedy'. By these precedents, our lads got off lightly.
On the other hand, the Australian tourists refused to be tested for 'ephadrine' as there is a lot of debate about its natural occurence in the body, and the potential for it to be in everyday accepted products such as 'Red Bull'. As the Aussies could take as much ephadrine as they liked during the tri-nations, you have to think that the Leeds duo were hardly done by.
After escaping a ban, the lads are available for all pre-season games, although they will miss out on the York game as they have extended rest after being part of the GB squad.