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'High risk' rugby should welcome extra scrutiny in the wake of Cronin case

Ruaidhri O'Connor


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Munster's James Cronin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Munster's James Cronin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Munster's James Cronin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The curious nature of how Munster prop James Cronin came to be in possession of the banned substance that led to his failed test has hogged the focus in the week since details of his hearing were released, but it appears the length and timing of his ban are what's coming under scrutiny as Sport Ireland review his case.

Certainly, when it was put to chief executive John Treacy that a one-month ban scheduled for a period where there is no rugby taking place would appear to be "lenient", he did not disagree.

Furthermore, he later emphasised that an athlete must be aware of what he or she is putting into their system at all times.