LONDON (AP) -- Five low-level players tested positive for recreational drugs in English club rugby in the 2012-13 season.
The English Rugby Football Union announced the first positives since testing for recreational drugs was introduced in 2009, in its annual anti-doping report on Tuesday.
All five players in the third-tier National League were unnamed because it was their first offence. They were fined 5,000 pounds and offered rehabilitation and counselling.
There were 345 tests out of competition for illicit drugs, the major ones being cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamines.
No English Premiership players have returned a positive for performance-enhancing drugs.