Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel have handed a ban to Coventry player Michael Ryan
Coventry back-row Michael Ryan has been given a two-year suspension by the Rugby Football Union for an anti-doping violation.
The player tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (a metabolite of Nandrolone) and Clenbuterol, both prohibited non-specified substances when tested in May this year.
A disciplinary panel banned Ryan from 7 June, 2013 until 6 June, 2015. He is free to play again the following day.
The player admitted to the offence and agreed to the case being heard on papers without attending in person.
"It's with regret that I have to admit to the findings," Ryan wrote when asked for his response to the charge by the RFU.
"A few weeks before my sample I was offered some tablets at the gym I use. I was told they were good for bulking up. I never asked much about the tablets but realised they may be prohibited.
"The season had finished and, through stupidity and naivety, I took the tablets.
"A week later I was offered a fat-burning tablet (clenbuterol). I knew this tablet was prohibited but again still took it. I can only apologise for what I've done." Source : http://www1.skysports.com/rugby-union/news/12321/8909302/coverntrys-michael-ryan-is-suspended-for-two-years-by-the-rfu