Tuesday 11 December 2018

Double U20 World Cup-winner one of four New Zealand rugby players handed doping bans

TREVISO, ITALY - JUNE 10: Glen Robertson during the IRB Junior World Championship match between Italy and New Zealand on June 10, 2011 in Treviso, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
TREVISO, ITALY - JUNE 10: Glen Robertson during the IRB Junior World Championship match between Italy and New Zealand on June 10, 2011 in Treviso, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Four New Zealand rugby players have been banned from the sport for doping offences, it has been revealed.

Two-time U20 World Cup-winner Glen Robertson, ex-New Zealand women's international Zoey Berry, Manawatu club player Rhys Pedersen and Otago club player Ben Qauquad-Dodds were the four players who received bans.

Robertson and Berry were given four-year bans, while the club players were given a two-year ban and a 21-month ban respectively.

Robertson, Berry and Pedersen were banned for possessing, and in some cases using or attempting to use, stimulant clenbuterol.

Qauqau-Dodds was charged with possession and use or attempted use of anabolic steroid metandienone.

Robertson was part of the New Zealand squads that won back-to-back U20 World Cups in 2010 and 2011.

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