Once-promising young Sharks player Bronson Xerri has today officially been handed a four-year ban by the NRL’s anti-doping tribunal over a positive test to banned performance enhancing substances in 2019.
Xerri tested positive to exogenous testosterone and its metabolites Adrosterone, Etiocholanolone and 5b-androstane-3a, 17b-diol in a November 2019 A sample, but news of the positive test didn’t break until just prior to the NRL’s resumption in the middle of last year.
The 20-year-old, who only debuted in 2019, was stood down at the time before his B sample returned positive results in September of 2020, paving the way for a lengthy ban.
The NRL’s full statement on the matter reads as follows.
“The National Rugby League (NRL) Anti-Doping Tribunal has suspended Cronulla Sharks player Bronson Xerri for 4 years.
“The Anti-Doping Tribunal, chaired by the Honourable Ian Callinan AC QC with panellists Dr Sharron Flahive and Mr Sean Garlick, found that Mr Xerri breached the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy in November 2019 when he tested positive to the presence of exogenous Testosterone, and its metabolites Androsterone, Etiocholanolone and 5b-androstane-3a, 17b-diol.
“The Tribunal found that Mr Xerri intentionally took testosterone in late 2019 knowing that the substance was either banned or that there was a serious risk that it was banned. The Tribunal also found that Mr Xerri’s actions were, on his own evidence, at best grossly negligent. The sanction imposed is the presumptive 4-year ban for the use of serious performance enhancing substances.
“Mr Xerri’s suspension is taken to have commenced on the date of his test on 25 November 2019 and will expire on 25 November 2023.
“The NRL will continue to offer Mr Xerri wellbeing support.”
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