When the Titans play the Eels in Lismore in late F

When the Titans play the Eels in Lismore in late February they might be turbo-charged but they wont be chemically assisted, well not if Titans co-captain Scott Prince (pictured) has anything to say about it.

Princes statements, supporting the Titans zero tolerance policy, came despite a push from the Rugby League Professionals Associations to implement a softer welfare, education and rehabilitation program.

In the lead-up to the trial match against the Eels at Oakes Oval on February 24, Prince has been outspoken on the drugs issue, rejecting the AFL three strikes policy.

I think from day one weve set a stance and if any of the players overstep the mark they pay the consequences, Prince said. Im totally behind Searleys (Titans managing director Michael Searle) approach to drugs in sport.

Searle said the NRL needed to send a stronger message to players that illicit drug use would not be tolerated in the game.

The Titans have a policy in place in which a player testing positive to illegal drugs can be sacked and fined 25 per cent of his contract. Meanwhile the players association is in favour of the three-strikes policy, which starts with a 15 per cent fine and moves progressively up to contract termination.

Searle said the Titans would conduct more than 200 in-house drug tests on its players this year.

For tickets to the big game phone Ticketek on 132 849.

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