X

Friday 19
April

Rugby Union

Pope banned after second failed test

9th April 2019, 18:25 by Tom Hill

Sale Sharks have announced that prop Jake Pope has been given a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine for a second time.

The 21-year-old admitted the first offence after a test in September 2017 found "cocaine or its metabolites", for which he was fined £1,000.

However, he is now the first player to be found guilty of twice breaching the Rugby Football Union's illicit drugs policy.

Pope is now banned from 4 December 2018, the date of his provisional suspension, until 4 June 2019.

Due to RFU policy, first-time offences are not made public but in a statement Anti-Doping and Illicit Drugs Programme manager Stephen Watkins confirmed Pope's second offence.

He told reporters: "The purpose of the Illicit Drugs Policy is primarily to protect the health and welfare of players. This means that, in the first instance, the problem can be dealt with as a confidential health-related issue.

"This is the first time we have had a second offence since the policy was established in 2010. It should send a strong deterrent message to all players that the RFU takes the misuse of substances seriously."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

More Southern Kings

Rugby Union

Warriors' centurion pleased to pen deal

18th April 2019, 14:02

Ruaridh Jackson has revealed his delight after committing himself to Glasgow Warriors until June 2020.

Rugby Union

Ireland skipper to retire after World Cup

18th April 2019, 13:02

Ireland and Ulster captain Rory Best says he will retire from rugby after taking part in this year’s World Cup in Japan.

Rugby Union

Saints pair set for summer exit

17th April 2019, 14:27

Andrew Kellaway and Nafi Tuitavake are set to leave Northampton Saints at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Rugby Union

Blackadder calls time on Bath

17th April 2019, 13:08

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder has revealed he will leave the Gallagher Premiership side at the end of this season.

Rugby Union

Blues ready to snap up Boyde

16th April 2019, 11:53

Back-rower Will Boyde is believed to be closing in on a deal with Cardiff Blues after being released by Scarlets.

Rugby Union

Vunipola warned by Saracens

16th April 2019, 00:41

Saracens have warned Billy Vunipola about his future conduct after he defended a recent Instagram post made by Israel Folau.

Recent Sport Headlines

Match Reports

Chelsea 4-3 Slavia Prague

18th April 2019, 21:57

Chelsea defeated Slavia Prague 4-3 at Stamford Bridge to book their place in the Europa League semi-finals 5-3 on aggregate.

Match Reports

Napoli 0-1 Arsenal

18th April 2019, 21:56

Alexandre Lacazette was on target as Arsenal won 1-0 at Napoli to book their place in the Europa League semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

Match Previews

Newcastle United v Southampton

18th April 2019, 21:19

Newcastle could cross the 40-point mark with a win over Southampton, who will leapfrog the Magpies with victory at St James' Park.

Match Previews

West Ham United v Leicester City

18th April 2019, 21:05

It's 11th versus seventh at the London Stadium on Saturday, with West Ham looking to avoid a fourth straight league defeat.

Swansea City

Potter focused on long-term Swansea stay

18th April 2019, 21:00

Swansea manager Graham Potter says there is no truth in the rumours that are linking him with a move to Celtic.

Paris Saint Germain

Tuchel concerned by PSG's attitude

18th April 2019, 20:26

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel admits he is concerned by his team's attitude after another defeat in Ligue 1.

Sevilla FC

Sevilla happy to snub Silva deal

18th April 2019, 20:17

Sevilla are set to reject the chance to sign Andre Silva at the end of his current loan deal, according to reports in Italy.

Watford

Gracia hoping for more from Watford

18th April 2019, 19:52

Watford boss Javi Gracia says his team need to be ready to step up as Troy Deeney prepares to miss the next few matches.