FORMER Castleford Tigers star Rangi Chase has been banned from all sport for two years following a positive drugs test.
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) have confirmed that ex-England half-back Chase tested positive for benzoylecgonine – a metabolite of cocaine – following an in-competition test on July 14
Chase played for Widnes Vikings in a 36-8 home defeat by Wakefield Trinity that evening. He was provisionally suspended the following month after Vikings were notified of the test result by UKAD and the Rugby Football League.
UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said: “As an experienced rugby league player who has represented both New Zealand Maori and England, as well as Super League clubs Castleford Tigers and Salford Red Devils, Rangi Chase has tarnished his career with this sanction.
“His two-year ban serves as a stark warning to athletes about the very real consequences of taking recreational drugs whilst competing in sport.”
Chase, 31, is banned from all sport from July 14, 2017 until midnight on July 13, 2019.
He joined Tigers in 2009 and went on to be Super League’s Man of Steel two years later before joining Salford Red Devils in a big money move in 2014. Chase then moved onto Leigh Centurions before returning to Castleford last year. He played eight games for the Tigers in 2017 before joining Widnes.