- Former England U16 Jonathan Spelman banned for 21 months
- Harlequins player admitted taking prohibited substances
Former England Under 16 Jonathan Spelman has been suspended for 21 months for an anti-doping violation.
The 17-year-old appeared before an independent disciplinary tribunal on March 26 and admitted taking the following prohibited substances in October, November and December 2011: testosterone, drostanolone (both anabolic steroids), growth hormone (GHRP6), human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), clomid (clomiphene) and nolvadex (tamoxifen).
The panel of Christopher Quinlan QC (chair), Dr Julian Morris and Gerard McEvilly suspended the Harlequins player from January 18 (the day he was provisionally suspended by the RFU) to October 18, 2013. He is free to play again on October 19, 2013.
Christopher Quinlan QC said: “In fixing the appropriate period of suspension the tribunal had regard to all the relevant matters advanced during the course of the hearing, including the player's youth, immaturity and admissions. It therefore reduced by three months the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility of two years and imposed a period of ineligibility (suspension) of 21 months.”
An appeal has been lodged and will be heard at a date to be confirmed.