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Wendell Sailor ruling expected shortly

AFP , SYDNEY

An Australian Rugby Union (ARU) tribunal hearing into a positive drugs test by Wallaby winger Wendell Sailor is expected to hand down its findings shortly, media reports said yesterday.

Sailor tested positive for cocaine after playing for the NSW Waratahs in a Super 14 match against the ACT Brumbies on April 16 and was informed of the positive result on May 12.

The high-profile 32-year-old rugby league convert faces the likelihood of a career-ending, mandatory two-year ban.

Media reports said a private hearing into the Sailor drugs case began in Sydney on Wednesday.

The Daily Telegraph said a three-man ARU panel took evidence on the positive cocaine test Sailor returned.

ARU officials have refused to even confirm the judiciary process was under way, but the Daily Telegraph said sources claimed the tribunal had sat and had retired for deliberations.

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