16 Mar 2013

Sharks new coach says NRL doping scandal a threat to the game

10:02 am on 16 March 2013

Interim Cronulla coach Peter Sharp says the doping saga that has engulfed his club and rugby league is a bigger crisis for the game than the Super League war.

Nearly two decades ago rugby league was torn in two by the Super League split and many feared the game would never recover.

A billion dollar broadcast rights deal was supposed to usher in a bright new dawn for rugby league, but Sharp, who has been working within the game in a fulltime capacity for the past 20 years believes the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation is the biggest challenge the code has ever faced.

The Cronulla Sharks are under investigation by the authority and the club has suspended its head coach, while its Chief Executive has resigned.

The former Manly coach also says the ASADA investigation has further reaching implications than Melbourne's systematic rorting of the salary cap which rocked the sport to its core in 2010 and resulted in the Storm being stripped of their 2007 and 2009 titles.