Rugby League Player Banned for Four Years

University of Gloucestershire All Golds player Daniel Spencer-Tonks has been banned from all sport for four years after testing positive to banned substances.

Spencer-Tonks (20), who plays in the Kingstone Press League One, tested positive for metabolites of the exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid, stanozolol, following an out-of-competition test on 17 February 2015.

The ban has been backdated to the date of the initial test, and will run until 16 February 2019.

Spencer-Tonks made only three substitute appearances for his club before undergoing the test and becomes only the second person in the UK to receive a mandatory four-year ban under the 2015 WADA code.

Speaking in a press release, Pat Myhill, UKAD’s Director of Operations said:

Daniel is a young man and his decision to take steroids has greatly impacted on his sporting career.

The new tougher sanctions ensure that those who consciously choose to cheat, and ultimately keep clean players from their rightful place in the team, will be removed from sport for a longer period of time.  I hope this will act as a greater deterrent to those who are considering cheating in the future.

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