Sharks star Xerri given extra 24-hours to decide on drug test appeal

Suspended Sharks star Bronson Xerri has been given an extra 24-hours as he considers his response to his B-sample testing positive to anabolic steroids.

Xerri, who was stood down before the season for a positive drug test needs to decide if he intends to plead his case of alleged steroid-use to the NRL Anti-Doping Tribunal.

“Bronson Xerri has been given an extra 24 hours to decide if he wants to take his case to tribunal,” Danny Weidler tweeted.

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LATEST: Bronson Xerri has been given an extra 24 hours to decide if he wants to take his case to tribunal. It’s a very stressful process and that’s part of his consideration. @NRLonNine @9NewsSyd

“It’s a very stressful process and that’s part of his consideration.”

The 19-year-old has been suspended from playing since May after he tested positive and had been awaiting the results of his B-sample.

Those results arrived earlier this month and concluded that Xerri’s B-sample has also tested positive, with his career now hanging by a thread as he contemplates a four-year ban.

“The National Rugby League (NRL) has issued Cronulla Sharks player Bronson Xerri with a Notice of Alleged Anti-Doping Rule Violations under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy,” the NRL said in a statement at the time.

“This follows the return of a positive sample and completion of the anti-doping process administered by Sport Integrity Australia.

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“The Notice alleges that Mr Xerri breached the policy through the presence, use and possession of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.

“Mr Xerri was provisionally suspended from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including rugby league, on 26 May 2020 following the return of a positive sample for Testosterone, Androsterone, Etiocholanolone and 5b-androstane-3a,17b-diol.

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“Under the NRL Anti-Doping Policy, Mr Xerri now has the opportunity to respond to the matters raised in the Notice of Alleged Anti-Doping Rule Violations.

“The NRL will continue to make support services available to Mr Xerri. The NRL will not be making further comment while this process is under way.”

Xerri scored 13 tries in 22 games for the Sharks in his rookie year in 2019 and was touted as a future Origin star by Immortal Andrew Johns.

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