James Slipper returns from drug ban

Date published: July 31 2018

Wallabies prop James Slipper will make his comeback from a two-month drug ban after being selected in a Super Rugby selection side to play Australia in a trial game.

The former Wallabies captain and veteran of 86 tests tested positive for cocaine in May, with the Reds skipper revealing he was battling depression and would undergo treatment for the issue.

“James’ enthusiasm has really impressed me since we invited him to join,” said the selection team’s coach John Manenti.

“He’s keen to be back out there and training hard but also really wants to get his old Wallabies teammates firing ahead of that first Bledisloe. That just shows the character of the bloke.”

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika views the trial match on Friday as ideal preparation for their opening Bledisloe and Rugby Championship clash in Sydney on August 18 against a side that included three other capped Wallabies in Blake Enever, Matt Philip and Richard Hardwick, alongside Slipper in a team captained by Tom English.

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