England may be kicked out of Six Nations

CHAMPIONS England could be kicked out of the Women’s Six Nations championship for refusing to undertake a drugs test.

Two of the English players were called for random testing after their match against Spain on February 15.

However, the players and management were unhappy with the anti-doping procedure at the Spanish venue claiming that the designated room was unsuitable.

They left the venue without taking the test.

Officials of the competing nations met in Cardiff last week and were highly critical of the English stance.

However, the Women’s Six Nations Committee have asked that the matter be considered by an independent review panel of the IRB.

A decision on the matter is expected to be made tomorrow afternoon.

“The Women’s Six Nations Committee met on the 4th March 2004 in Cardiff to consider the matter of the anti-doping process used at the match between Spain and England on the 15th February 2004,” a committee spokesperson said yesterday.

“The committee following the IRB’s regulation 21 on anti-doping agreed to refer the matter to an independent review panel for their recommendations.

“A further press statement will be issued once the review panel has made its recommendations.

“The committee wishes to stress that this is a matter of procedure rather than there being any suggestion of an illegal substance being taken by any England player.”

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