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The NRL has called on ASADA to take all necessary steps to get on with its investigation rather than being a party to a blame game between codes.

“We need to get to the bottom of the matters raised by the ACC and there are clearly going to differing circumstances in each sport,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr Dave Smith, said today.

“Anyone from ASADA or WADA who is party to turning this into a wedge between the sports is doing a disservice to the fans and losing sight of the need to resolve the issues.

“This investigation needs to be conducted in as thorough and timely manner possible and it needs to be conducted in a way that respects legal process.

“ASADA should be the best equipped agency in the country with the widest set of powers to manage the investigation and we are committed to seeing them resolve these matters properly.

“We have reviewed the first interview with Senior Counsel and believe that there a circumstances that could be addressed on both sides in the future. It is wrong however to suggest that lawyers prevented the players from answering any question.

“The level of detail that has emerged from the interview after its completion is also concerning. There should be complete confidentiality from all parties around these interviews.

“Our strong message to the players is to cooperate with the process and to answer questions honestly. We respect the rights of the players just as they need to respect the need for the issues to be resolved for the good of the whole of the game.

“We do not believe the interview process should have been suspended on the basis of what has taken place and we will work with ASADA to find the best way of bringing this to a close.

“If that requires further investigation on their part before additional interviews then so be it, but we would urge them to act as soon as possible.”

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