9 Feb 2011

Northland Rugby League player suspended for smoking cannabis

8:34 am on 9 February 2011

The New Zealand sports tribunal has suspended rugby league player, Joshua Poasa, from playing any sport for at least a year after an anti-doping violation.

The Northland player admitted taking cannabis after playing a representative match for Northern in a national rugby league tournament last year.

The tribunal accepted that the drug was not used for performance enhancing and said evidence suggested that there may be a culture of cannabis smoking in rugby league in Northland.