Cueto - We know the rules
Sale full-back Mark Cueto claims every player knows the rules regarding the risk of drug misuse.
Last Updated: 22/01/09 12:38pm
Sale full-back Mark Cueto insists every player knows the rules regarding the risk of drug misuse.
The Sale and England international has spoken out after the news that England colleague Matt Stevens has been suspended from all rugby after emotionally revealing to Sky Sports News that he has failed a drugs test.
The Bath and England prop revealed that he has been attending counselling sessions after becoming addicted to an unnamed social drug.
And Cueto, who is currently the Guinness Premiership's leading try-scorer, revealed that drugs test within the sport are a regular occurence and every player knows the risks.
"It goes without saying, there's obviously drugs testing which goes on week-in week-out when you are at your club or whether you are on international duty," said Cueto.
"That is part of the game so we all know the risks that come with the sport."
Bath team-mate Nick Abendanon insists he will offer Stevens all the support he needs as he attempts to overcome his addiction.
"It's a hard subject to talk about and you can't really be angry because he is such a close friend and I'm sure if I was in his boat he would be saying the same nice things about me," he said.
"As long as we are there supporting him and being there for him then we can't be too angry with him either."
Bath host Toulouse live on Sky Sports 1 & HD1 in a crunch Heineken Cup clash at The Rec on Sunday, with the winner progressing as Pool Five winners.
And, while admitting that the news of Stevens' illegal drug use could not have come at a worse time, Abendanon insists he and his team-mates won't let it affect their performance against the French giants.
"It's obviously been a distraction we can't get away from that point but (head coach) Steve (Meehan) sat us all down yesterday and he has made it clear that this can't be the main focus going into the weekend.
"We have got a huge game for us as players and for the club in general because to beat Toulouse down here and get into the quarter-finals would be huge for this club."