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Ex-Origin and Test star handed three-year ban after admitting doping charges

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15th October, 2021
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Former Parramatta Eels player Michael Jennings has been suspended for three three years for breaches of the NRL’s anti-doping rules.

Jennings, who left the Eels in May, admitted to anti-doping rule violations of presence and use of prohibited substances LGD-4033 (Ligandrol) and Ibutamoren. He waived his right to a hearing before the NRL anti-doping tribunal and accepted the sanction.

The three-year sanction includes a one-year reduction for admission and acceptance of sanction in accordance with the provisions of the WADA Code, the NRL said in a statement.

Jennings’ suspension commenced on the date of his sample collection on September 21, 2020 and he would be eligible to return to competition on 21 September 2023.

The 33-year-old was suspended on the morning of Parramatta’s semi-final against South Sydney last year.

The former NSW and Kangaroos player joined the Eels in 2016 after stints with the Panthers and Roosters and won a premiership with the latter in 2013, scoring a try in the grand final win over Manly.

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