The Australian Rugby Union has secretly held a tribunal hearing into Wendell Sailor’s drug case in Sydney.
The 32-year-old winger has been sidelined since the Waratah’s Easter Sunday clash against the ACT Brumbies, after testing positive for cocaine in a random post-match drug sample.
If found guilty by a three man ARU committee, he faces a two-year ban under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations for using a performance- enhancing substance.
The ban will extend to rugby league as well, ruling out a return for Sailor to the code in which he caught the eye of union coaches and effectively ending his international rugby career.
The Australian Rugby Union have refused to comment on the speculation, citing strict confidentiality laws, while the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Sailors management have claimed to have have no further information on the matter.
Asked whether there would be an announcement about whether the trial had started or if findings had been reached, Sailor’s manager, Greg Keenan, told reporters: “I can’t even say ‘no comment.”
“We’re out of the loop,” Peter Logue from the ASC said, “It’s been kept very tight.”
Sailor has 38 caps and 13 tries for the Wallabies.