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Robbie Powell is serving a 12-month ban after testing positive for a banned substance. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Robbie Powell is serving a 12-month ban after testing positive for a banned substance. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Robbie Powell is serving a 12-month ban after testing positive for a banned substance. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

On November 23 last, Munster's James Cronin was asked to provide a urine sample immediately after his side's European Champions Cup draw with Racing 92 at Thomond Park. Cronin started the game on the bench, and was brought on for Jeremy Loughman after 50 minutes.

The previous day Cronin had collected a prescription from a pharmacy in Cork. The team doctor had prescribed the Munster prop with an antibiotic for a chest complaint but the pharmacy mistakenly gave him a prescription which had been made up for another customer - who also happened to be called James Cronin. On top of an antibiotic, this bag contained a drug known as Prednesol and, as per the instructions on the label, Cronin took five tablets that afternoon, and four more the next morning, the day of the game.

Prednesol contains prednisolone, a steroid, which is a banned substance.