CARRINGTON, ENGLAND – The following statement is from the Sale Sharks re the outcome of an RFU disciplinary hearing held on the 11th February 2019 involving prop Jake Pope.
“Jake has received a six month ban from the RFU following a second violation of their Illicit Drugs Policy.
“As soon as Sale Sharks were made aware of Jake’s failed tests, the club intervened to ensure Jake had the support pathway he required to address the matter and avoid any further issues arising in the future.
“As a role model to young players across the North-West, this behaviour is unacceptable. The club does not condone the misuse of drugs from any player and accept the decision made by the RFU, however Sale Sharks prides itself on being able to offer a career pathway into rugby for people of all backgrounds and circumstances and for this reason we feel it is right that, as a young man who has made mistakes, Jake be given a fair chance to redeem himself.
“Jake will be available to play again from 4th June 2019.”
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