Matt Stevens fails drug test

Discussion in 'Aviva Premiership / LV Cup' started by Sir Speedy, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Moron

    "England and Bath forward Matt Stevens has failed a drug test and has been suspended from all competition."

    That's all for now. More to follow as the article says...
     
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  3. SecondRow04

    SecondRow04 Guest

    Just seen it on Sky Sports News!

    bath have suspended him

    no links as of yet

    very disappointing for the guy
     
  4. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    If true, serves him right. Bloody idiot.


    In other news, England now have NO tightheads.
     
  5. SecondRow04

    SecondRow04 Guest

    big shame as he will be out of the game for some time i imagine

    his own fault at the end of the day

    a real shame tho for england and for bath
     
  6. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    well it'll be interesting to see what he's actually failed his drugs test for, whether he's a genuine drugs cheat or there's a genuine explanation.
     
  7. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    ok scratch that he's an idiot, traces of cocaine have been found in his system so he's facing a 2 year ban
     
  8. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    If it is true, words fail me as to the level of disapointment that I feel right now.

    Utterly, utterly unacceptable if it is true as now not only have he let down his club and also his country but possibly also even the Lions as well if McGeechan was mulling a possible inclusion of Stevens into the squad.

    It may well be the people of the West Country and possibly all of English Rugby who will be dissapointed but soon the rest of the British Isles will join them.
     
  9. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    If it was cocaine, 2 years isn't enough. People caught using that should be banned for life.

    Still, I bet him and Dan Browne (Bath no 8) have a mutual interest to share from now on in...
     
  10. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    So it is/was? a coke problem.

    From - Eurosport
     
  11. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    Isn't the two year ban for performance enhancing drugs? What are the rules about non-performance enhancing drugs? :huh:
     
  12. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (MunsterMan @ Jan 20 2009, 06:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    From IRB Anti Doping regulations

    "21.22.3 Where a Player or other Person can establish how a Specified Substance entered his body or came into his possession and that such Specified Substance was not intended to enhance the Player’s sport performance or mask the Use of a performance-enhancing substance, the period of Ineligibility found in Regulation 21.22.1 shall be replaced with the following:

    First violation: At a minimum, a reprimand and no period of Ineligibility from the Game, and at a
    maximum, two (2) years of Ineligibility.

    To justify any elimination or reduction, the Player or other Person must produce corroborating evidence in
    addition to his word which establishes to the comfortable satisfaction of the hearing panel the absence of intent to enhance sport performance or mask the Use of a performance enhancing substance. The Player’s or other
    Person’s degree of fault shall be the criterion considered in assessing any reduction of the period of Ineligibility."

    So if it is true that it wasn't a performance enhancing drug, and as he is / was an EPS member I anticipate he can expect a reprimand along with an RFU funded course of counselling and return in time for the 6N.
     
  13. danny

    danny Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teh Mite @ Jan 20 2009, 05:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    There was only one before this news.......Vickery.
    If its coke hes a pratt. Its good fun but not if you are a sortsman.
     
  14. SmokeyMonkey

    SmokeyMonkey Guest

    Can we have our points back?
     
  15. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (danny @ Jan 20 2009, 06:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    There was only one before this news.......Vickery.[/b][/quote]

    Things have changed a lot since he left Gloucester. His klnowledge of how to play rugby for a start... Maybe he'd recapture the glory if he attempted to play instead of going down the Corry/Dayglo/Easter/Borthwick route of winding up opposition players he'd become useful again. However, he won't.

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
    Anyone who condones (especially cocaine) the use of drugs is a prat. Sportsman or otherwise.
     
  16. danny

    danny Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teh Mite @ Jan 20 2009, 06:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    There was only one before this news.......Vickery.[/b][/quote]

    Things have changed a lot since he left Gloucester. His klnowledge of how to play rugby for a start... Maybe he'd recapture the glory if he attempted to play instead of going down the Corry/Dayglo/Easter/Borthwick route of winding up opposition players he'd become useful again. However, he won't.

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
    Anyone who condones (especially cocaine) the use of drugs is a prat. Sportsman or otherwise.
    [/b][/quote]
    All things in moderation Teh. You are starting to sound like Mary Whitehouse.
     
  17. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    And saying it's fun makes you sound like Amy Winehouse.
     
  18. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Now this is just how I am reading this but from what An Tarbh has quoted from Eurosport, it seems that Stevens is:

    1) Tacitly admitting that he is guilty as charged.
    2) That this may be a recreational drug such as cannabis or maybe even cocaine.

    Did anyone else see it that way?

    If the two points are correct then...words fail me. This man could have been competing for a place in the starting Lions XV in South Africa but by doing this, he's not only let down his club, his country and his Lions team but he has also brought those very same teams and the sport of Rugby Union into disrepute.

    If this is confirmed and he is guilty, throw the book at him for he will get no sympathy from me.
     
  19. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    But if it is recreational drugs I don't think there is a book to throw at him, apart from maybe criminal charges for possession. As Teh Mite posted above, performance enhancing = possible 2 year ban. Recreational = could play a part in the 6N.
     
  20. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    They did, rightly so, for Wendall Sailor.
     
  21. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    In which case he should be excluded.

    Munsterman, would you be happy with Geechs picking Stevens ahead of someone else for the Lions tour on the basis of this evidence? I wouldn't.
     
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