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The NRL has confirmed ASADA held a series of meetings on Wednesday with former and current players and their legal representatives.
"We are aware that ASADA has commenced the process of issuing show cause notices to certain players who were at the Cronulla Club in 2011," a spokesman said.
"This is a process that may or may not lead to players being placed on the register of findings.
"This process is governed by the National Anti-Doping Scheme and players have been invited to make submissions to ASADA in response to the notices."
The NRL will make no further comment until we have received further advice from ASADA.
CRONULLA SHARKS STATEMENT
The Sharks have been advised that five players currently contracted to the club have received ‘show cause' notices from ASADA.
Players have been offered a proposal regarding a possible suspension, which they need to consider before the weekend, with the players to consult with their legal representatives over the next two days in relation to their individual circumstances.
The Sharks will continue to act in the best interests of the players and are providing on-going support, both to those issued with the notices as well as others in the club, while solicitors acting for the players will continue to manage the process on their behalf.
At this point in time the Cronulla Sharks Football Club will be making no further comment on any matter relating to the ASADA investigation or today's developments.