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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:11 pm

The New Zealand Rugby League is investigating whether players misused prescription drugs during the World Cup campaign.

Fairfax Media can reveal the NZRL is reviewing the unsuccessful defence of the World Cup, which culminated in a 34-2 defeat to Australia.

NZRL chief executive Phil Holden said the first step in its review was determining players' access to prescription drugs, after concerns were raised by support staff about the Kiwis' "recovery practices" during the tournament. Under the microscope is whether players combined prescription sleeping pills with energy drinks.

Past media reports have suggested a number of league players in Australia have used such a combination, which is believed to have the same effect as recreational drugs without breaching the World Anti-Doping Code.
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Holden said the NZRL probe would investigate whether the Kiwis' performance in the World Cup final was in any way inhibited by players' use of prescription drugs.

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/new-zealand-rugby-league-to-investigate-kiwis-use-of-pills-20131228-300zf.html

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Post by Beekeeper on Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:43 pm

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ANY excuse after a good thrashing...

Couldn't be because Oz simply played better on the day..

And the strongest Rugby League competition is the Aussie NRL, ahead of that in the NW corner of England, or certain unknown villages in the rural back blocks in France or Italy.

MANY of the teams in the "World Cup" are raised in Rugby Union and Soccer territories, then seeded with Aussie coaches and expats to give them some respectability; whereas the Aussies (and the Kiwis) come fresh from an Aussie comp' where the professionals train for NINE months of the year (as with football (soccer) in Europe and Britain..).  Smile 

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:59 am

Yeah NZ rugby actually fields a team in our regular comp.

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Post by Beekeeper on Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:54 am

veya_victaous wrote:
Yeah NZ rugby actually fields a team in our regular comp.

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The Auckland Warriors...

Plus, most other NRL teams have a Kiwi or four in their ranks..

And then there's those like SBW hopping back and forth between 'Union and 'League.

The Newcastle Knights are the closest NRL team to here ~ their home ground is only about 10 or 11 klicks away..

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