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SBD Global/March 22, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
National Rugby League Cronulla Sharks Say Legal Defense Expenses A 'Necessity'
Published March 22, 2013
ROUND TWO: In Sydney, Brent Read wrote former Cronulla center Mark McGaw "is ready to make a return to the embattled club in the boardroom." McGaw "has nominated to run at next month's board elections." He is among 24 nominees for the April 16 vote, a group that also includes former Chair Damian Irvine, former Olympian Damian Keogh and former Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Goodwin, "who was one of the faces of the police during the Cronulla riots" in '05 (THE AUSTRALIAN, 3/22). Also in Sydney, McDonald & Read wrote "players and officials from both sides of the border yesterday raised concerns that State of Origin could be the next major event affected by the drug scandal." Under the timeline outlined by NRL CEO Dave Smith on Wednesday," infraction notices and subsequent standing down of players could begin the week Origin players go into camp to begin preparing for the opening game of the series at ANZ Stadium on June 5." While there is no suggestion any Origin players have done anything wrong, "there is a very real prospect that drug hearings could steal some of the thunder from the game's showpiece event" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 3/22). THE AGE reported "the contentious 'loophole' allowing players to avoid a positive strike to illicit drugs by self-reporting may be closed on Friday. Australian Football League Players' Association CEO Matt Finnis said that "there had been agreement that modifications to the league's three-strikes were required" (THE AGE, 3/22). In Sydney, Daniel Lane wrote "the owner of the company that supplies 11 NRL teams and seven AFL clubs with their protein and vitamins expected supplement programs to come under the spotlight as the investigation into drugs in sport continues." Body Science Owner Nathan Picklum, "made his comment as some NRL clubs suggested forming panels consisting of the club's doctor, strength and conditioning staff and members of the football office to document every vitamin or supplement their players consumed." Picklum: "The [ASADA] investigation hasn't impacted on us because clubs are still making their orders...We're very stringent. We have to be, we can't afford even a one in a million chance we might compromise an athlete" (SMH, 3/21).