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Rugby League Player Banned Following Anti-Doping Rule Violation

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that Rugby Football League (RFL) player James Lockwood, 29, has been suspended from all sport for two years following an anti-doping rule violation.

The Featherstone Rovers player was suspended after his A sample from an out-of-competition test, taken on 19 November 2014, was retrospectively tested for Growth Hormone Releasing Factors.

The Drug Control Centre at King’s College London identified the presence of Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2 (pralmorelin) and its metabolite in Mr Lockwood’s A sample. These are classified under section S2 of the WADA Prohibited List. This is the first finding of its kind in the UK.  

The athlete is banned from all competition from 3 March 2015 to 2 March 2017. The full written decision can be found under current rule violations.