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April 29, 2017

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Six rugby league clubs named in Australia doping report

SYDNEY--Six Australian National Rugby League (NRL) clubs Tuesday admitted they were mentioned in a nationwide sports doping scandal, and vowed to support any investigations.

North Queensland, Penrith, Canberra, Newcastle, Manly and Cronulla all said they had been contacted by NRL chiefs after the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) granted the league permission to notify any clubs it mentioned in its report.

The official report, released in summary last week, said use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs was common across multiple sporting codes, sending shockwaves through Australia.

Australian Rules football has already admitted at least one of its clubs and one player from another club had been implicated.

Cricket, football and rugby union authorities have said they are not under investigation.

"Our club will cooperate with any official enquiry," Newcastle Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said, adding that the NRL contacted them on Monday but they had no further information or details on how they were involved.

"We maintain full confidence under the management of (coach) Wayne Bennett.

"Until we receive further information from the NRL and/or ASADA, there is nothing further we can add," he added, referring to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Reports said the 10 other NRL clubs all confirmed they were not mentioned in the report.

"As previously stated, we fully support any investigations by the NRL or the ACC in relations to these matters," said Canberra Raiders chief Don Furner.

"Our club will continue to work with the NRL and ACC until these matters are resolved and will update our members, sponsors and supporters when we can."

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