SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Bronson Xerri of the Sharks is tackled during the round four NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla Sharks at ANZ Stadium on April 06, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Cronulla Sharks young gun Bronson Xerri has broken his silence as he stares at a potential four-year ban from ASADA for testing positive to performance-enhancing steroids.   

The 19-year old, who is one of the best young talents in the NRL, had a knock on the door by ASADA on Tuesday morning and moments later the anti-doping agency handed him a provisional four-year suspension notice. 

Speaking for the first time, Xerri says that he was devastated by the recent events. 

“I’m devastated but I’m bound by a process so I can’t talk at this stage,” he told The Daily Telegraph

“I wish I was playing with the boys this weekend but I can’t. I wish them all the best.”

The NRL released the following statement on the matter on Tuesday afternoon. 

“Mr Xerri has been provisionally banned from training and playing on the eve of rugby league’s season restart under the NRL’s anti-doping policy,’’ the statement read.

“Mr Xerri is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including rugby league, while the provisional suspension is in place.

“Under the Anti-Doping Policy, Mr Xerri now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.”


  1. We should wait until the results of Xerri’s B sample are released before we make a proper judgement on this. If the B sample is proven to be the same as the first sample, it will be fair to say that young Bronson is an absolute boof-head.

  2. I have a better chance of winning $100 mill on powerball than Xerri does of having a negative B sample…

  3. This will put a serious dent in Easts plans to strenghten their centres next year, the brown paper bag money they paid early to not accept Cronulla’s offer will somehow need to be refunded

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