One of the NRL’s rising stars has failed an ASADA drug test just two days before the rugby league was tipped to return from it’s mid-season hiatus caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The NRL can today report that the 19-year-old centre has been provisionally suspended and faces a possible multi-season ban from the NRL after it was confirmed that he had tested positive to a number of banned substances.

The player reportedly returned a positive A-sample for exogenous Testosterone, Androsterone, Etiocholanolone and 5b-androstane-3a,17b-diol which are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.

The player’s club has also confirmed this result, which is funnily enough the first club that came to mind when you read the words ‘banned substances.’

It’s the Cronulla Sharks, for anyone like Scott Morrison who wasn’t a fan of rugby league in 2014 – which was the last time they got done for this.

However, the player that has tested positive is Bronson Xerri, who only made his debut in round four last year – and would have been in primary school during the Dr. Stephen Dank era.

It is not yet known if this newest bust is a result of the player acting alone, or something linked to the past culture of illegal performance enhancing drug usage at the Sharks – only time will tell.

Investigators from ASADA have today confiscated Xerri’s phone in their efforts to find out how deep this thing goes.

Rugby Leagues fans say they are more excited than ever for the soap opera to begin again when round three kicks off this Thursday evening.


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