Three players from a south Wales rugby club have been found not guilty on drugs charges which had affected most of the first team.
Three Penygraig players have been cleared of drug charges
Penygraig RFC players Shane McIntosh, Nick Jones and Jason Ronan were found not guilty of the drugs charges by a Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) panel on Tuesday.
The WRU last year banned 18 players at the amateur club for
failing to take a drugs test after the Silver Ball final on 14 May.
A total of 22 players were originally charged with the offence, with the hearings for the
three found not guilty adjourned until Wednesday's hearing.
The former club chairman Neil Roper was cleared of all involvement after the WRU disciplinary hearing in July 2003.
Fourteen other players had an application for a fresh hearing refused by the committee and club secretary Peter Bowen is appealing against the length of his three-year ban from the game.
A fourth player, Gareth Davies, was given permission to have his case reopened
and heard again - but the independent disciplinary committee found him
guilty of the offence.
WRU chief executive David Moffett said: "We are obviously waiting to hear
from the panel the reasons for their decisions.
"However, the WRU can confirm that 19 of the 22 Penygraig match-day squad
have either admitted or been found guilty of a doping offence - namely refusing
to provide a drug test.
"As the governing body of the game in Wales, the WRU is determined to enforce
its own anti-doping regulations - which are consistent with those of the IRB and
IOC - and will continue to co-operate with UK Sport in that respect."
The 19 players will now serve an 18-month ban from rugby.