Spartans player handed four-year ban for doping

A Gloucestershire rugby player has been banned from all sport for four years following an anti-doping violation.

Craig Hoare, who plays for Gloucester Premier side Spartans RFC, tested positive for the presence of Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and Methylhexaneamine following a match in April last year.

"Craig Hoare of Spartans RFC [level eight] has been suspended for a period of four years from all sport following the decision of an independent national anti-doping panel," the Rugby Football Union said in a statement.

"Hoare tested positive for the presence of Drostanolone and Methylhexaneamine after failing a test following a match on the 15 April 2017.

"The period of ineligibility has been applied from 5 May 2017 -- the date of the provisional suspension -- until 4 May 2021."