It has been confirmed to the Munster Branch and to the Irish Rugby Football Union that a urine sample supplied by Frank Sheahan following the HeinekenEuropean Cup match between Munster and Stade Toulousain on April 26th, 2003has returned a positive analysis showing the presence of Salbutamol.
Under ERC and IRFU regulations the player is temporarily suspended from all playing activity until such time as the ERC anti doping procedures are concluded and the case is heard before the ERC's Independent JudicialTribunal.
The player will leave the Ireland tour party currently in Australia and return to Ireland as soon as arrangements can be made.
When contacted, Frank Sheahan said, "I am shocked to learn of this development but I am absolutely satisfied it results from an administrative error. Apparently, I did not tick off the appropriate box to show I have a medical need to
"While I am devastated at having to leave the tour, I am now anxious to get home and meet my medical advisers in order to put together the documentationthat will clarify what I am happy is effectively a human error inadministration."