Rangi Chase of Widnes handed two-year ban for positive cocaine test

23 November 2017, 10:22

Widnes Vikings half-back Rangi Chase has been suspended from all sport for two years by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after testing positive for cocaine.

The 31-year-old failed a drugs test following Widnes' 36-8 defeat against Wakefield on July 14.

Chase, who has made eight England appearances, tested positive for benzoylecgonine - a metabolite of cocaine - and was initially suspended from all training and playing activity.

UKAD's two-year suspension sees Chase banned from all sport until midnight on July 13, 2019.

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said: "As an experienced rugby league player who has represented both New Zealand Maori and England, as well as Super League clubs, Castleford Tigers and Salford Red Devils, Rangi Chase has tarnished his well-established career with this sanction.

"His two-year ban serves as a stark warning to athletes about the very real consequences of taking recreational drugs whilst competing in sport."