FORWARD Lance Randall has been banned for two years after testing positive for cocaine after Ebbw Vale’s Premiership clash with Llanelli last season.

The 26-year-old failed a test after the 29-10 defeat to the west Walians at Eugene Cross Park in October.

Lock/back rower Randall, who came through the Dragons academy and has also played for Newport and Bedwas, was charged and suspended on November 22 and has now been suspended from all sport until October 25, 2021.

Stacey Cross, UKAD deputy director of legal and regulatory affairs said: “Unfortunately, we continue to see cases like Mr Randall’s.

South Wales Argus:

"Cocaine is not banned when used recreationally and out-of-competition. However, it can stay in the body for some time after use.

“Therefore, athletes need to be aware that if they participate in sport after using cocaine, they could be tested and may face a ban of up to four years, depending on when it was taken.

“In Mr Randall’s case, an independent expert considered Mr Randall’s account of out-of-competition cocaine use and concluded that the AAF (Adverse Analytical Finding) accorded with that explanation, therefore a two-year ban applies.”