Australian rugby league star Maloney test positive for cocaine

5. Australian rugby league star Maloney in positive cocaine test
( Photo: James Maloney’s Wikipedia)
TOULOUSE, France — Former Australian rugby league international James Maloney has been stood down after testing positive for cocaine, his French club Lezignan confirmed Tuesday.اضافة اعلان

The 35-year-old tested positive in a test carried out after a match against Carcassone in the Elite One Championship, France’s highest domestic league competition, at the end of February.

Maloney, who notched up almost 250 games in the NRL, 14 State of Origin matches for New South Wales, and was capped three times by Australia, is under contract at Lezignan until the end of June, having joined the semi-professional club after leading the Catalans Dragons to last season’s Super League final.

He is suspended pending a decision by the French anti-doping agency.

“It’s up to him to provide some details,” Lezignan president Alain Fabre told AFP.

“We all know cocaine is a scourge throughout society. No one is out of its reach.”

“Unfortunately we can’t be behind all the players to watch over what they’re doing when they’re not at the club.”

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