BREAKING NEWS
Death of 4-year-old in Auckland was 'not an accident' ... Read more
Close

Tandy claimed NRL players did own drug tests

Last updated 13:04 24/08/2014
Ryan Tandy
Getty Images
BIG CLAIMS: Prior to his death in April, journeyman prop Ryan Tandy said NRL players did their own drug tests and often submitted the urine of clean team mates.

Relevant offers

League

NZ Warriors won't block Simon Mannering from going on Kiwis tour to England NRL boss Dave Smith will deliver TV goods says leading digital media expert NRL veteran Wille Mason confident of playing on next season Robbie Farah says he was told he will play reserve grade if he stays at Wests Tigers Savory: No Origin baggage makes Kiwis much better option for NRL clubs Robbie Farah given permission to leave Wests Tigers at end of 2015 season New Zealand star Roger Tuivasa Sheck could make it in NFL, says Jake Friend New Zealand Warriors eye Canebarra Raiders prop Mark Nicholls for 2016 Catalans Dragons' Ben Pomeroy in hot water over dangerous WWE tackle Newcastle Knights shock Melbourne Storm with NRL upset win

NRL players did their own drug tests, often submitting the urine of clean team mates to avoid positive results, according to late disgraced footballer Ryan Tandy.

Before his death by a drug overdose on the NSW Central Coast in April, Tandy made the claims about in-house testing in interviews with reporter Josh Massoud, News Corp Australia reports.

The former player, who fell from grace over a 2010 match-fixing scandal and was given a lifetime ban, is featured in a new book telling of a culture of drug-taking within NRL teams before his sacking from the Bulldogs in 2011.

''If you're uncertain, you can just ask another player who's clean to pee in it for you. It's something I've had to do,'' he said.

Tandy claimed ecstasy was commonly used by NRL players but most only took the drug on bye weekends to ensure it was out of their system before they returned to training.

He claimed that at more than one of his previous clubs, players were unsupervised when they submitted samples for in-house tests, just being given a cup at the start of training to hand back at the end of the day.

Tandy said ''heaps of players'' submitted other players' clean samples.

NRL Integrity Unit boss Jim Doyle told News Corp the game's governing body had since cracked down on in-house testing and the new testing regime was conducted by an independent and fully certified third party tester.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content