Former Leeds hooker suspended after providing positive drugs sample

A former Leeds hooker has been banned after testing positive for an anabolic steriod.

PNG international James Segeyaro left the Rhinos in controversial circumstances, after failing to return for pre-season training in 2017 – despite still being under contract.

He has since re-launched his career in the NRL but now faces a provisional suspension after his ‘a-sample’ returned traces of di-hydroxy LGD-4033, an anabolic steroid which is  banned by the NRL and the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA).

Segeyaro is prohibited from participating in any WADA-compliant sport while the provisional suspension is in place, though he has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.

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ASADA advised the NRL of the finding on Thursday afternoon, and the NRL has spoken to Segeyaro and advised him of support services.