MacLeod faces second drug test probe

Bit of breaking news: ahead of Frank Hadden’s announcement of his reduced squad to face New Zealand next month, lock Scott MacLeod has thrown his availability into severe doubt with the revelations that he has reportedly failed a second drug test, this time for “higher than permitted levels of testosterone”. MacLeod has insisted he is innocent and awaits the results of testing on his backup B sample. In the mean time he will be suspended from training or playing. Which makes it look even more likely that Hadden could be playing a back rower – or Scott Murray – in the second row come November. With White short of game time and Taylor playing regular first team rugby in that position, it looks like Taylor could be the answer. Unless of course Perpignan were just hiding big Nathan to keep him fresh for the Top 14 and he is fit and healthy…

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4 comments on “MacLeod faces second drug test probe

  1. Jenny on

    Big Nathan is apparently fit, but ‘suspended for 30 days’ according to Sky on the weekend. Not sure why, however!

  2. Jenny on

    Ah, actually, if I’d looked harder…..

    Trampling, apparently….

    “26th September 2008, 10:00 WST

    Perpignan’s Scottish international lock Nathan Hines was on Thursday suspended for 30 days for trampling a player during his club’s Top 14 victory over Bourgoin last month.

    The Australian-born forward will be eligible to resume from October 24, according to the discipline committee of the Ligue nationale de rugby (LNR).”

  3. Rory on

    Thanks Jenny have just spotted that in the paper too! Ahh well my brilliant theories will have to wait, I reckon he’ll just pick Hines and Hamilton.

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