Lockwood handed two-year doping ban

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Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by The News Editor

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Featherstone prop James Lockwood has been given a two-year ban for breaching the Rugby Football League’s anti-doping regulations in the first finding of its kind in the UK.

The 29-year-old former Dewsbury forward was handed the suspension by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after a sample taken i n an out-of-competition test last November returned a positive test for growth hormone releasing factors.

In a statement, UKAD said: “The Drug Control Centre at King’s College, London, identified the presence of Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2 (pralmorelin) and its metabolite in Mr Lockwood’s A sample.

“These are classified under section S2 of the WADA 2014 Prohibited List. This is the first finding of its kind in the UK.

“The athlete is banned from all competition from 3 March 2015 to 2 March 2017.”

Lockwood has spent the last three seasons with Featherstone after joining them from Dewsbury in 2012 and was in their team that lost 36-12 to Leigh in last October’s Championship Grand Final at Headingley.

Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by The News Editor

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