Two year rugby ban for Canterbury club player

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Canterbury Rugby CEO Hamish Riach has expressed regret today at the news that a Canterbury club rugby player has been banned from all rugby for two years for possessing a human growth hormone.

Lincoln University player Finn Hart-Strawbridge was found guilty of possessing the drug GHRP-6 and received the two year ban (effective from 23 September 2014, the date when he ordered the substance) from New Zealand Rugby’s Judicial Committee.  Mr Riach said the ban reflected the seriousness of his actions.

“This is a huge shame for a young player who is showing promise in his rugby career, however this ban gives a strong message to all other players that taking risks with illegal substances will not be tolerated in this sport.

“Finn is not a contracted player with the Canterbury Rugby Union, but we do know him through his involvement in the Under 19 team last year and as a promising club rugby player,” Mr Riach said.

Mr Riach said he supported New Zealand Rugby’s announcement that they would be stepping up the work they already do in drug education, in partnership with Drug Free Sport New Zealand, particularly for these younger age groups.

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