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Wakefield's Terry Newton suspended over dope test

Terry Newton
Newton is a former Great Britain international

Wakefield hooker Terry Newton has been provisionally suspended by the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) after testing positive for a banned substance.

The Super League leaders issued a statement saying the 31-year-old former Leeds, Wigan and Bradford player gave a positive test on 24 November.

No details of what the substance was have been revealed and the club says there will be no further comment.

Newton joined Wakefield in the winter after being released by Bradford.

Wigan-born Newton is one of only five players who has played in all seasons of Super League so far, having played in two games for Wakefield this season and suffering a bicep injury in the win over Harlequins.

He has been capped by Great Britain 15 times and has also won two England caps.

In five years at Wigan, he scored 62 tries before he moved to Bradford for two years, during which time he scored 27 tries.

A statement from the Rugby Football League said it had been informed by UKAD about Newton's positive test on Monday 16 February.

Rugby league's urine and blood testing regime applies in and out of competition, meaning players can be tested at any time without warning.

In the UK Sport rankings, the sport is third behind football and athletics in terms of the number of tests carried out.

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