8 Feb 2013

Wayne Bennett hopes drugs use is not widescale

11:30 am on 8 February 2013

Veteran National Rugby League super-coach Wayne Bennett says he's hoping the drugs scandal that has enveloped rugby league is limited to individuals and not whole teams.

An explosive report from the Australian Crime Commission has lifted the lid on widespread use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport and links with organised crime.

Following the report's release, Federal Justice Minister Jason Clare said there was evidence entire teams, from an unspecified code, were being doped with the support of sports scientists.

New NRL CEO Dave Smith revealed information supplied by the ACC affected more than one NRL player and more than one NRL club.

Seven-time Premiership winner Bennett says he's not that naive to think things don't happen at clubs but certainly clubs he's been a part of have never been involved in things that are being suggested now.

Bennett says he hopes they're not on a scale where teams have been heavily involved in it.

Bennett, who's followed the Lance Armstrong cycling drug saga for years, says some young athletes in all sports are not strong enough to say 'no'.