Michael Lowis of Clevedon RFC has been suspended for a period of four years from all sport following the decision of a national anti-doping independent panel for an anti-doping violation.
The 40 year-old rugby player tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substances Drostanolone and Trenbolone (metabolite 17-epitrenbolone).
He was tested following a match between Clevedon RFC and Bridgewater & Albion RFC on 15 March 2017.
Lowis will receive a credit for the period of his provisional suspension - which began on 10 April 2017 - the start date for the period of ineligibility of four years from any sport.
The independent panel consisted of William Norris QC (Chair), Blondel Thompson and Professor Gordon McInnes.
In February 2017, American triathlete Beth Gerdes was given a 2-year suspension for presence of ostarine, and American triathlete Lauren Barnett was given a 6-month suspension for the presence of Ostarine. Both triathletes claimed contamination from salt tablet supplements. Lauren Barnett was able to provide tablets and sealed bottle tablets which both tested positive for contamination, thus only the 6-month suspension. The 2-year suspension still stands for Beth Gerdes who provided tablets for testing, but tests showed only low levels of ostarine not high enough to confirm the finding.