Rugby League - Cookson given six-month ban

The Rugby Football League has announced Oldham player David Cookson has been banned by UK Anti-Doping for six months after he was found guilty of breaching the RFL's anti-doping regulations.

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Cookson, a 24-year-old centre or second-rower, was found to have provided a sample containing the stimulant methylhexaneamine - the banned substance for which former Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson was handed a three-year ban in 2011, half of which was suspended.

It is a specified substance which appears on the World Anti-Doping prohibited list which means it is susceptible to inadvertent use.

A League spokesman said: "The RFL advise all players to be aware of methylhexaneamine, which has been the cause of a number of positive tests throughout the world.

"All players are advised to assess the risk associated with supplements and to take steps to minimise the risk."

Cookson, a former Great Britain Under-23 amateur international, made 18 appearances for Oldham in 2012.

His suspension was back-dated to August 31, 2012 and ends on February 28.

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