Brad Thorn has outlined his tough stance on cocaine which he sees as a “serious issue”.
Currently, James Slipper has been suspended for two months for testing positive for cocaine on two occasions. Karmichael Hunt is also suspended at the moment for the possession of Xanax during the current Super Rugby season. Hunt was previously suspended in 2015 for being in possession of cocaine.
The Queensland Reds’ season is now over after their win against the Sunwolves on Friday.
In Thorn’s own extended family, there have been issues with substance abuse and he knows how dangerous that path can be.
“When you’re talking about cocaine to me, it’s a serious issue,” Thorn told rugby.com.au.
“I know that probably these days people are saying it’s more prevalent but once again, it’s the Queensland Reds – this is part of the Queensland Rugby Union.
“I don’t want [cocaine] to be around this team, this club or the kids around this club.
“I’m a dad – I’ve got four kids and on my wife’s side one of her siblings had some issues with drugs and it’s a tough thing.
“I know they call them party drugs and stuff now but you can call them whatever you want – they cause issues in people’s lives.”
Thorn’s philosophy on the game goes much further than just the rugby field. He wants his players to be good people off the field too.
“There are a lot of young guys coming through and it’s important to me that they have good mentoring from myself or that the club culture is strong,” he said.
“As much as I want them to go on to be great players and have great careers, I also want them to be great people and humble.”