The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - - DAVID RICCIO

CLUBS will re­quest coaches and se­nior play­ers be made aware of a team­mate’s il­licit drugs first strike in or­der to be part of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process.

Un­der the cur­rent il­licit drugs pol­icy in­cluded in the CBA, a first strike for prohibited drug use is a tightly guarded se­cret shared only by the player, his club’s CEO and the club’s wel­fare man­ager. The Sun­day Tele­graph un­der­stands sev­eral lead­ing coaches have con­tacted the NRL to ex­plain how they could’ve helped their player had they been made aware of a first strike. It’s ex­pected a re­view of the first-strike pol­icy will be dis­cussed at the CEOs’ con­fer­ence.

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