Welsh rugby investigation launched into image apparently showing lines of white powder on national trophy

A Welsh rugby investigation has been launched after an image of the WRU National Shield trophy apparently with a white substance lined up on it emerged online.

Tonna RFC romped to the Shield with a convincing 52-19 victory over Crumlin on Saturday, April 30. After the match an image was posted to Snapchat showing the trophy accompanied by a caption that simply read: ‘Winners’.

A screenshot image which appears to show the Shield with the powder-like substance on it has been circulated throughout Welsh rugby in the days since the final and a Welsh Rugby Union spokesperson told Gist Vile: “We are aware of the image and intend to investigate it immediately with UK Anti-Doping as per our safeguarding and anti-doping guidelines.”

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A spokesperson for Tonna RFC said: “This has come as a shock to us and we will investigate it thoroughly. We are the epitome of a family club and we will not tolerate any illegal substances in or around our premises.” The club has since issued a second statement which you can read in full here.

More than 6,500 fans filed into the Principality Stadium a week ago to witness the Shield final along with the Bowl and the Plate contests. Celebrating the victory, Tonna posted on social media: “What a day! Many thanks for incredible support we had on Saturday. Commiserations to Crumlin who contributed hugely to an entertaining game.”

An image apparently showing a white substance on the WRU National Shield Trophy won by Tonna RFC last week

Tonna are currently second in League 3 West Central but have two games in hand – which they are scheduled to play in the next week – over leaders South Gower, who they trail by just three points. They are also nominated for Community Club of the Year in the Ospreys’ end of season awards.


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