New Zealand Warriors Manu Vatuvei, Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson, Sam Lisone and Albert Vete have all been suspended from the club after admitting to using prescription drugs mixed with energy drinks.
It allegedly happened on the team’s night out after their loss to Storm.
Another suspended player, Konrad Hurrell denied taking the concoction, RadioSport reports.
According to Sydney Morning Herald, Rugby League Players Association president Clint Newton said any player using prescription medication without a legitimate medical reason would be supported through counselling and treatment.
Though New Zealand Warriors have kept mum over the issue, New Zealand Rugby League interim chief executive Alex Hayton have confirmed on Radio Sport that Warriors have informed them about the issue and are satisfied with how the club is handling the issue.
The six players suspended are now on the reserve side and are also banned from playing in the international league.
After the suspension, 30-year old Manu Vatuvei posted on Instagram a cryptic caption saying, “If you wanna talk about me behind my back why don’t you come say it to my face… Look in the mirror before you say something about other people….”
New Zealand Warriors also banned the players from being selected in the Anzac Test lineup against the Kangaroos match.
This is not the first time New Zealand Warriors has been involved in a prescription drug issue. Coach Stephen Kearney’s World Cup 2013 team were also investigated under a similar allegation for using prescription drugs.
After revealing their Anzac Test Lineup, the game is set for Friday, May 6 around 9: 50 p.m. NZT at the Hunter Stadium, Newcastle.