National League prop Jack Warrington has been suspended for two years for an anti-doping violation by the RFU. He tested positive for Methylhexaneamine (MHA), a prohibited stimulant, after Sedgley Park played Loughborough Students in November 2012 and was handed a temporary suspension later in the month.
Antony Davies, the judicial officer who heard the case, said: "It is not difficult to conclude that he may well not be a player who deliberately uses performance enhancing substances. I note his protestations of innocence and disavowal of motive. However they are not sufficient to discharge the burden of proof in this case and I simply cannot be satisfied as to how MHA came to be in the player's system. When a player tests positive, the burden of proof passes to him.
"This must be a wake-up call to players, whether professional or amateur, particularly with regard to the use of supplements."
Warrington cannot play again until November 24, 2014. He is the second National League player to fail a drugs test. In April Henley fly-half James Comben was banned for six months.