Japanese club fires code hopper after drugs arrest

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Former NRL star Blake Ferguson has had his contract terminated by Japanese club Green Rockets Tokatsu after being arrested for allegedly carrying cocaine in Tokyo.

Ferguson was sacked without playing a game for the Japan Rugby League One outfit and waits for the legal proceedings to progress from his jail cell.

NEC Green Rockets Tokatsu initially confirmed an incident at a Tokyo restaurant on December 30th and made a further update on the situation in a statement that read: “[1/2 Postscript] Regarding Ferguson, the player contract was cancelled on January 2nd.”

Drug-related charges are treated harshly in Japan, as multiple rugby players have found over the years, with some receiving suspended jail sentences.

The Japan Rugby Football Union suspended its competition last year after an arrest was made based on suspected cocaine use and the governing body’s chairman Osamu Ota labelled it a “major issue that shakes the foundation of Japan’s rugby world”.

Ferguson was set to debut for the Green Rockets after deciding to switch codes following the completion of his contract with the Eels.

The 31-year-old had discussed the prospects of playing for the Wallabies, a goal that surely must be in tatters now.

“I feel like I’ve achieved everything, I don’t really have to achieve too much more in the NRL,” Ferguson told Triple M’s Rush Hour last year.

“Rugby is something that I do want to try, I played it as a schoolkid … it would be good to try and switch codes and try and create a legacy in that arena.”

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