Wigan’s woes continue after prop charged with doping violation

first_imgShare on Messenger Rugby league Wigan rout Catalans as Zak Hardaker opens try account in second-half salvo Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn He narrowly missed out on selection for Wigan’s Grand Final team in October but played in all but one of their opening eight matches of 2019, including the World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters.Hamlin was left out of the Wigan team for their last match, a 42-0 win over Catalans Dragons on Sunday. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Topics Share via Email newscenter_img Wigan Warriors Australia sport Wigan say Hamlin, who is in the second of a two-year contract with the Super League champions, has already left the UK on a flight to Australia.The Wigan chairman, Ian Lenagan, said: “Wigan will look to support Gabriel throughout this process until its conclusion and thereafter. Gabriel has requested to be closer to his family during this difficult time and we fully support this request.”The news compounds a miserable start to the season for Wigan, who have had a suspended points deduction for a breach of the salary cap, went on a five-match losing run, had their winger Craig Mullen charged with drink-driving nine days ago and are still waiting to find out if former captain Shaun Edwards will take up their offer to become their next coach.Lenagan, who had announced last August that the Wales defensive coach had signed a three-year contract, was forced to apologise to supporters for the confusion and the embarrassment.The 22-year-old Hamlin was signed from South Sydney’s Under-20s team on the recommendation of the former Wigan coach Michael Maguire and was named the club’s young player of the year at the end of his first season in England last year. The Wigan prop Gabe Hamlin has been charged with a UK Anti-Doping violation and has been provisionally suspended by the Rugby Football League. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Read more Share on WhatsApp Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Reuse this contentlast_img read more