In a huge blow to the NRL ahead of this weekend’s season resumption, Cronulla Sharks centre Bronson Xerri has been provisionally suspended after testing positive to exogenous Testosterone, Androsterone, Etiocholanolone and 5b-androstane-3a,17b-diol – all of which are banned the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) and the NRL.
The positive A sample was collected during a test by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) in November last year, with the next step in the process being for Xerri’s B sample to be analysed.
The 19-year-old made his debut in Round 4 of last season, managing 13 appearances for the Sharks – including their lone final – and scoring 13 tries.
The NRL’s full statement on the matter reads as follows.
The National Rugby League (NRL) has today provisionally suspended Cronulla Sharks player Bronson Xerri under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.
The Provisional Suspension Notice asserts that Mr Xerri returned a positive A-sample for exogenous Testosterone, Androsterone, Etiocholanolone and 5b-androstane-3a,17b-diol which are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy. He was tested by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on 25 November 2019.
Mr Xerri is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including rugby league, while the provisional suspension is in place.
Under the Anti-Doping Policy, Mr Xerri now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.
The NRL has spoken with Mr Xerri and advised him of the support services available to him.
The NRL will not be making further comment while this process is underway.
Cronulla’s full statement reads as follows.
The Sharks have today been made aware of the provisional suspension handed down to Bronson Xerri under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.
Details of that provisional suspension and alleged breach of the anti-doping policy will be outlined in an NRL Media statement to be distributed today.
Bronson has been stood down from training and playing responsibilities while the process runs its course, which under the policy includes the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.
The Club has been in contact with Bronson and has offered him full welfare support as he deals with this situation.
The Sharks will be making no further comment on the matter.