Rugby League - 12 players accept doping ban: NRL

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- Australia's National Rugby League confirmed Saturday that 12 past and present players from the Cronulla Sharks had accepted a 12-month backdated ban for breaches of the game's anti-doping rules.

The cases relate to the use of banned substances CJC-1295 and GHRP-6 during the struggling Sharks' 2011 season.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority offered one-year backdated suspensions to 17 players on Friday, meaning those that accepted the ban would be eligible to return to the field in late November.

The five players who have not accepted the ban are understood to have retired or no longer play in the NRL.