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Sailor still weighing up his options

By Paul Mulvey and Darren Walton 16/05/2006 06:51:21 PM Comments (0)

Wendell Sailor's camp closed in around the Wallaby winger on Tuesday as he weighs up whether to fight his drugs case.

Sailor had still not decided whether to request his B sample be tested after he was suspended from rugby indefinitely following a positive test for a banned substance.

"Wendell is still assessing his options," said Rugby Union Players Association chief executive Tony Dempsey.

Sailor has until Monday to make his decision and Dempsey said he could not comment on the case until the dual international had decided which direction he would take.

The Australian Rugby Union said it was working with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) over which body would conduct a hearing if the matter reached that far.

The newly established ASADA can determine if a sporting body has the ability to hold its own tribunal with the final decision resting with chairman Richard Ings.

Sailor was stood down from NSW's loss to the Hurricanes last week after his A sample returned a positive test for a drug which is widely believed to have been cocaine.

Meanwhile, Sailor's NSW teammate Mat Rogers and former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones both said the scandal was a one-off and they had never known any players in Australia to have used recreational drugs.

Rogers conceded he had yet to be tested by ASADA this year.

"I've only played six games or something, though. I mean, last year I got tested three weeks in a row," he said after the Waratahs arrived in Wellington for Friday night's Super 14 semi-final against the Hurricanes.

"So it goes through stages. It is random. You just never know. I think there's enough testing.

"The testing has obviously done its job. You get tested to catch people and it caught someone, so you can't say it's not working. Otherwise no-one would ever be getting caught.

"It's easy to sit back and point the finger and say what you want, but I think it (Sailor's positive test) is a very isolated incident and I don't think you'll see it happen again too often."

Jones, who first selected Sailor in international rugby, agreed with Rogers that the game in Australia did not have any problem with recreational drugs.

"I think rugby is pretty good and will continue to be pretty good," he said.

"Look, everyone is aware of the rules. It's been made very clear to all the players and they know what's going to happen if they indulge in those sort of areas."

Sailor faces a two-year ban from rugby but Jones' successor as Australian coach, John Connolly, said he would have been lucky to have made the Test squad.

"He would have been a fringe selection, I would think, if he had been available," Connolly said.

"Any professional sportsman, when you sign up with an organisation you know the rules. And that's not pre-empting that he's guilty in any way.

"But you sign up, you know the rules when you go in and you play by those rules."

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