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Wallabies prop and Queensland Reds captain James Slipper has been suspended by way of Rugby Australia (RA) for 2 months for checking out sure to cocaine.
RA boss Raelene Fortress mentioned it was once Slipper’s 2nd sure check and he was once knowledgeable of the ban final Thursday at a tribunal listening to.
“It’s with nice remorseful about that I believe it essential to give an explanation for fresh occasions. Sadly, I’m not worthy to in my opinion cope with those problems lately,” Slipper mentioned.
“I am neatly conscious that I will be able to wish to cope with those problems publicly and the questions related to it and can accomplish that once I am are compatible and in a position.
“I’ve been struggling wellness problems together with melancholy for a 12 months and feature been receiving skilled help for the previous couple of months.”
Fortress says Slipper was once experiencing difficulties in his private lifestyles, however that there was once no position for illicit medication in game.
“We’re absolutely conscious that James is coping with very vital private problems and we’ve got been operating with him since February on those issues,” she mentioned.
“We’re making sure that James is receiving complete lend a hand and toughen, together with specialist scientific remedy”.
Fortress rejected tips her organisation had an issue with medication, however stated “you’ll be able to at all times do extra” in relation to gamers’ welfare.
“Folks paintings truly arduous to cover any psychological well being or melancholy demanding situations they’ve themselves for a long time sooner than they are ready to entrance it,” she mentioned.
“As a game, we’d like to check out and inspire other folks to return ahead previous. For the reason that previous they arrive ahead, the extra we will lend a hand them.
“We do over 500 exams a 12 months between WADA and illicit medication checking out and the result of that will counsel there is not any factor for Rugby Australia on the subject of illicit medication.”
QRU chairman Jeff Miller mentioned that whilst the inside track was once “extraordinarily disappointing”, he felt for Slipper and believes he will have to be given some leniency given the instances.
“There’s a considerable amount of duty that falls at the shoulders of a senior participant, however I believe with James we wish to know what he’s in my opinion going via, and the way that does from time to time haver an affect on resolution making,” Miller mentioned.
“It is a participant that is performed over 100 video games and is of the perfect persona that we’ve got within the sport, so I believe there are extenuating instances we wish to remember.”