Monday, 30 November 2020

Former Hawks player Richard Briggs banned following drugs test

A FORMER Henley Rugby Club player has been banned for two years for failing a drugs test.

A FORMER Henley Rugby Club player has been banned for two years for failing a drugs test.

Winger Richard Briggs tested positive for anabolic steroids on July 16.

A Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel suspended him from August 10 until August 9, 2015.

Briggs, who admitted the offence, will be free to play again the following day. Briggs, 32, played 27 times for the Hawks last season, scoring 14 tries in their title-winning campaign to gain promotion to National League 1.

He joined the Hawks from Worthing in July 2012 and has played 174 games in his career, scoring 65 tries.

Briggs is the second Hawks player to be disciplined for an anti-doping offence this year.

Fly-half James Comben tested positive for methylhexaneamine following a match for the Wasps A team against Exeter Braves on November 26 last year.

The first team player was banned for six months in April after he admitted he had taken a product to help him lose weight so he could start a modelling career but claimed he was unaware of what it contained.

The governing body decided not to impose the minimum two-year ban on Comben, saying it did not believe he had been trying to improve his performance on the pitch.

The Hawks are currently ninth in the league after suffering their first home defeat since January 2012 on Saturday, going down 17-10 to Old Albanians.

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