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SHARKS PLAYERS TAKE BANS

AFTER careful consideration, up to 12 players who were served show cause notices from ASADA will accept a deal resulting in a back-dated 12-month ban.

Current Sharks players Paul Gallen, Nathan Gardner, Wade Graham and Anthony Tupou are all believed to have accpeted the deal in addition to Knights players Jeremy Smith and Kade Snowden, Titans duo Luke Douglas and Albert Kelly and the Cowboys Matt Wright.

Aside, from Wright who is a chance of playing finals football, the other 11 players who accepted the deal will serve a three-match this season.

By accepting the deal Gallen (Australia), Wright (Samoa) and Jeremy Smith (New Zealand) will all be unavailable to take part in the Four Nations tournament.

Fairfax reports current Super League players Paul Aiton and Ben Pomeroy, retired duo Colin Best and John Williams, as well as Stuart Flanagan, who is playing for the Appin Dogs in the Group 6 country competition, have rejected the offer.

Aiton will this weekend play in the Challenge Cup final for his club Leeds Rhinos against Castleford Tigers.

The NRL released the following statement:

“The NRL said today it was aware that all current NRL players involved in the ASADA investigation have responded to the show cause notices issued by the Authority.

“The NRL’s process will not begin until such time as we receive formal notification from ASADA based on player responses to the show cause notices”

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