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Former Australian rugby league star cautioned for ecstasy possession

Former Australian rugby league star cautioned for ecstasy possession

Former Australian rugby league captain Andrew Johns admitted Thursday that he was issued with a caution for possession of an ecstasy tablet in London.
Johns was arrested but not charged by British transport police on Sunday, a statement from Johns' management company said.
"Following an interview with police he was told the misdemeanor did not warrant being charged and instead was given an official caution," the statement said.
"Johns said today he recalled an unknown person pushing a tablet into his jeans at a crowded entertainment venue last Sunday _ his last day in the United Kingdom following a six weeks' overseas holiday."
Johns, who was forced out of the game in April by a recurring neck injury, had been coaching some of Australia's rugby union kickers ahead of the World Cup in France.
The Australian Rugby Union said Thursday that Johns would not be working further with the Wallabies.
"It wasn't a done deal that he'd be contributing to the team in France," ARU chief executive John O'Neill said through a spokesman. "Given the current circumstances, the Wallabies will continue as is in France."
In his statement, Johns said: "I was having such a good time ... I stupidly forget about the tablet and instead of getting rid of it I left myself in a situation I soon deeply regretted.
"I have been a very foolish person and realize I have brought great disappointment to my family, friends and many people, including lots of youngsters who have looked up to me over the years. It has left a black mark on my reputation which I will work very hard at erasing."
Described as the most gifted scrumhalf in rugby league history, Johns led Newcastle to premiership victories in Australia's National Rugby League in 1997 and 2001.
He played 23 State of Origin games for New South Wales and 21 test matches for Australia, including the 1995 World Cup. He ended his career with a record 2,176 points from 249 first grade games.


Updated : 2021-02-28 21:15 GMT+08:00