Former Cardiff RFC lock Miles Normandale, who also previously played for Cardiff Blues and Cardiff Met RFC, has been banned for two years after a failed drugs test.
The 27-year-old tested positive for the banned substance clomifene during a random drugs test in September 2018 at a Cardiff RFC training session, and went in front of a UK Anti-Doping Tribunal earlier this month.
In his defence, Normandale stated that he had taken clomifene via tablets for a week in April 2018 as a bid to boost testosterone and improve his physique ahead of a holiday to Australia, during which he intended to propose to his girlfriend.
He stated that at the time he believed his rugby career to be over, having picked up a serious ankle injury while playing for Cardiff RFC the previous November, and seeing his contract terminated by the Blue and Blacks.
However, a phone call out of the blue in August 2018 from Cardiff RFC resulted in him re-signing as a semi-professional rugby player, which he accepted. An internet search informed him that the effects of clomifene would leave his system after 11 weeks.
Evidence provided by a UKAD expert cast some doubt over whether April had been the most recent time Normandale had taken the banned substance, however he was not found to have intentionally violated rules for the enhancement of performance.
As a result he has been given a two-year ban and will be free to play again from 20th September 2020.
Normandale signed for Cardiff Blues from Cardiff Met in 2013, playing 10 times in the Pro14 and Anglo-Welsh Cup over the next two years. He has made 58 appearances for Cardiff RFC, either side of a spell playing for Rotherham in the English Championship.
As soon as the positive test was confirmed and he was suspended by UKAD his contract with Cardiff RFC was terminated.