Former Hull KR centre Thomas Minns has been handed a sixteen-month ban after testing positive for cocaine, backdated to the date of the offence last March.
The 24-year-old, therefore, will be able to return to the sport as of mid-July. Minns tested positive for the drug after an in-competition test after the Robins match against Huddersfield Giants. The centre admitted to taking the drug on Mother’s Day after struggling to death with the death of his own.
UKAD’s Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, said: “All athletes must adhere to the principle of strict liability, regardless of whether or not they are deliberately seeking to gain an unfair sporting advantage.”
“It is an athlete’s responsibility to know what substances are in their system, and they must be aware that even if a substance is not banned out-of-competition, there is always the possibility of it remaining in their body for a period of time and it being detected in-competition.”