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South African Born Rugby Player Banned for Four Years

Brandon Staples, a 20-Year-old, South African born rugby player, who is a flanker for the Yorkshire Carnegie rugby team based in Leads, United Kingdom, has been banned from participating in all sports by the British anti-doping authorities after he tested positive for three banned substances. These three substances were Turinabol, Dianabol and Winstrol, which are all oral Anabolic Steroids.

These three Steroids were discovered from a urine sample taken on the 9th of August 2017. Staples appealed the ban and claimed that the positive test was a result of consuming a nutritional drink while on holiday and that he had never knowingly used any type of performance-enhancing drug to further his career.

Staples suspension will last 4 years, until the 6th of September, 2021. According to the RFU, he is the first English professional rugby union player since 2011 to fail a drug test for a performance-enhancing substance.

Stephen Watkins, RFU Anti-Doping and Illicit Drugs Programme Manager, said the following in a statement – “Ultimately individuals are responsible for what they put into their bodies and this case highlights what can happen if a player is not vigilant.”

Source – https://www.eurosport.com/rugby/yorkshire-carnegie-s-staples-gets-four-year-doping-ban_sto6718080/story.shtml