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Gallen's simple solution to drugs in NRL

Sporting News logo Sporting News 14/03/2017
Paul Gallen. © Sporting News Paul Gallen.

Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen has urged for a firmer stance against drugs in rugby league following two recent cases of players using cocaine.

Former teammate Ben Barba and now deregistered Wests Tiger Tim Simona have both admitted to cocaine use during their NRL careers with Gallen adamant that a less lenient approach is needed.

"If they want to really deter it, make it illegal (under NRL rules)," Gallen said on Sky Sports Radio.

"It's illegal in general society. We've got this softly-softly approach, just make it illegal all the time.

"It's a pretty simple fix. I think it will deter people a whole lot more from taking the risk of taking it over the weekend.

"You're going to get tested on Monday and cop a two-year ban. I think that's a pretty simple fix but for some reason, it's not."

As it currently stands, the first positive drug test from a player in the NRL sees them handed a suspended fine with their identity protected before a second positive return results in a 12-month suspension.

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