The independent report into National Rugby League Cronulla's '11 supplement program "has warned peptides given to players may have accelerated former prop Jon Mannah's fatal cancer," according to Massoud, Hooper & Wilson of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. An explosive report "has raised concerns about the potential of an 'identified causal link' between peptides CJC-1295 and GHRP-6 and Mannah's relapse into Hodgkin's lymphoma" in late '11. The report details how a number of Cronulla players were "administered" with peptides, including CJC-1295 and GHRP-6 between March and May in '11. This was after sports scientist Stephen Dank "was recruited to Cronulla by ex-Sharks head trainer Trent Elkin" at the beginning of the '11 season. But "it is not known whether these drugs were part of Dank's program." Mannah, who played five NRL games while Dank was employed at the Sharks at the start of '11, "died in January" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4/26).
SHARKS RESPONSE: In Sydney, Brent Read reported Cronulla Chair Glenn Coleman confirmed that "his club was aware of the situation and had acted with the best interests of the Mannah family in mind." Coleman said, "The club is fully co-operating with ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority) and in the interest of the Mannah family and all our players we cannot and will not comment on matters relating to the ASADA investigation" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 4/26).
EPL club Queens Park Rangers "have been given the go-ahead to develop a new training ground at Warren Farm" in London, which will enable them to meet category one Academy standards, according to the London EVENING STANDARD. Ealing Council Wednesday night "granted planning permission for the development, which is scheduled to be completed" in time for the '15-16 season. The complex "will feature grass pitches as well as both indoor and outdoor 3G artificial surfaces and expanded gym and sport science facilities" (EVENING STANDARD, 4/25). In London, Gerard Brand reported "indications are that the club will invest" £30M ($46.3M) into the site. QPR CEO Philip Beard said, "This is a landmark day for Queens Park Rangers Football Club." The club will move from its "current home at the Imperial College Sports Ground in Harlington" (DAILY MAIL, 4/25).