The banned brigade


England and Bath prop Matt Stevens was suspended yesterday from all competitions after failing a drug test.
Here we look at some of those who have fallen foul of drugs in the game.

After eight successful years with rugby league outfit Brisbane Broncos, the Australian decided to switch codes and went on to earn international 37 caps while playing for New South Wales and Queensland Reds. Sailor was hit with a two-year ban by the Australian Rugby Union after testing positive for cocaine following a New South Wales Waratahs match against the ACT Brumbies in April 2006. He joined Australian rugby league side St George Illawarra Dragons after serving his suspension.

Former United States and England A winger Keyter tested positive for cocaine after a random test while playing for National League Two side Esher in 2005. He had previously played for Bristol, Harlequins and Rotherham. Despite insisting he was innocent, Keyter was banned for a year before the court of arbitration for sport doubled his ban.

The France prop tested positive for cocaine and ecstasy in December 2002. He insists he did not knowingly take the drugs and claimed his drink was spiked on a night out. French anti-doping laws at the time said only performance-enhancing drugs could be sought in out-of-competition testing, so the French Rugby Federation suspended him from rugby until the end of the 2003 Six Nations for bringing the game into disrepute.

The Fiji and Agen winger was banned for three months after testing positive for cannabis after his side’s match against Montauban in March 2007. International team-mates Vilimoni Delasau and Sireli Naqelevuki have also received bans for taking the drug.