4 Jun 2009

Johnson has faith drugs testing in English rugby

7:20 am on 4 June 2009

The England rugby manager Martin Johnson has reacted to the scandal currently engulfing Premiership club Bath by playing down concerns that English rugby has a drugs culture.

Three months after England prop Matt Stevens received a two-year ban for using cocaine, a trio of his former Bath team-mates terminated their contracts at the club earlier this week whilst denying that they had refused to submit to testing for prohibited substances.

The allegations arose in the wake of an end-of-season party in a London pub that ended in a brawl.

Johnson says he's confident that rugby's drug-testing regime is sufficiently robust to ensure the vast majority of players will not take any risks with recreational drugs.