Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Positive Drugs Test Ruled out Hardaker; RUGBY LEAGUE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Positive Drugs Test Ruled out Hardaker; RUGBY LEAGUE

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CASTLEFORD full-back Zak Hardaker has become the third Super League player to test positive for cocaine use in the last three months.

The 2015 Man of Steel failed a test after the Tigers' game against his old club Leeds on September 8 and has been provisionally suspended by the Rugby Football League.

Another Man of Steel winner, Rangi Chase, tested positive for using cocaine after Widnes' league game against Wakefield in July and, along with Trinity's Adam Walker, was suspended by his club a month later.

All three players, who have the right to ask for a B sample to be tested, are still awaiting the outcome of investigations by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

Walker has been withdrawn from Scotland's World Cup squad and Hardaker was left out of England's touring party.

Hardaker, 25, who has issued

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an apology for an "enormous error in judgement", was dropped for Saturday's Grand Final for what the Tigers said was a breach of club rules. …

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