Wednesday, January 21, 2009

England's Rugby Player Matt Stevens Fails Drug Test

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Matt Stevens England's South African born Matt Stevens has been provisionally suspended from all competition after testing positive for a recreational drug, the RFU said on Tuesday.

The Bath player, who failed a doping test after a Heineken Cup match in December, had been due to fly to Portugal with the England team on Sunday as they prepare for this season's Six Nations Championship.

"The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has been made aware by European Rugby Cup (Ltd) of the positive doping test given by Matt Stevens following the Heineken Cup match against Glasgow Warriors in December 2008," the statement said.

The 26-year-old Stevens, who has been removed from England's Elite Player Squad, admitted in a television interview that he was attending counselling sessions.

"I was tested for a prohibited substance but it's not performance enhancing, so you can take what you want from that," an emotional Stevens told Sky Sports News.

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