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SBD Global/April 25, 2013/Franchises

Two Players Of National Rugby League Club Parramatta Eels Face ASADA Probe

National Rugby League side Parramatta Eels has become the seventh NRL team to be hauled into Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigation, with two current Eels players "wanted for interview," according to Josh Massoud of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. The pair is among the 31 players "who received interview notices last month." The development came as ASADA CEO Aurora Andruska "backflipped on her snap decision to cancel interviews" with Cronulla Sharks players this week, following a stern phone call from NRL CEO Dave Smith. After a lengthy conversation with Andruska, Smith Wednesday night "emerged with assurances that interviews would now begin next Monday" -- five days after they were originally scheduled to start. The Parramatta twist "throws further intrigue into the handling of the case," given the Eels were not named in the explosive Australian Crime Commission report as one of the six clubs with implicated players (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4/25).
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