Third student linked to steroids at Nudgee

A third student from an elite Brisbane boy's school has been cautioned over steroid use after two of his classmates were arrested for supplying performance enhancing drugs this week.

St Joseph's Nudgee College principal Daryl Hanly said the incident was isolated but highlighted the issues associated with body image for young men.

The college is a renowned nursery for Australian and Queensland rugby and has produced a host of Test players, including former Wallabies skippers Mark Loane, Paul McLean and Rocky Elsom.

One student was found with illegal steroids by staff at the prestigious college at Boondall, in Brisbane's north, on Tuesday.

Police were called to the school on Tuesday morning where two teenagers were arrested for the alleged possession and supply of steroids.

A 17-year-old boy from Clayfield has been charged with four counts of supplying dangerous drugs and two counts of possessing a dangerous drug or steroid. He will be dealt with under a drug diversion program.


A 16-year-old boy will be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.

Mr Hanly said the two students had been expelled from the college and a third cautioned.

Dr Loane said the incident should not be taken as a reflection on the college.

"It's my feeling in life that you don't start judging young men who are evolving in any form or fashion until they're 25 or older," he said.

"Young boys can do silly things at a certain age, and if they have, they should have some time individually to hopefully make amends ... salvage themselves and live a full life in the future."

McLean, a former Australian Rugby Union president, said drugs in sport have had an horrific impact on every code.

"Some of these kids who are playing professional sport now are only one and two years out of school," he said.

"It's an area which we thought was sacrosanct in schoolboys' sport but obviously the kids these days are thinking differently."

Elton Flatley, who played a key role in Australia's 2003 World Cup final against England, said players of his era at Nudgee College were never exposed to drugs in sport.

"We didn't even use the gym much back then, that's how times have changed," he said.

"It was all about a lot of hard work on the paddock."

He didn't believe the problem would be rife at Nudgee, considered one of the best sporting schools in Australia.

The school's principal said Nudgee had completed its own investigation and was satisfied the drug bust was an "isolated incident" and had nothing to do with the school's sporting success.

"The college is satisfied on the basis of police advice that this incident has no links to the college sports program," Mr Hanly said in a statement.

"This incident, while serious, highlights the issues associated with body image for young men.

"A response to these pressures and expectations is an equally high priority for the college as we move forward from this most disappointing of events."

Mr Hanly earlier advised parents not to talk to the media, saying he would act as the school's spokesman on the issue.

"The use of any illegal or inappropriate substance will not be tolerated at Nudgee College," he wrote in an email.

The arrests were made as students from the college toured Japan for the SANIX World Rugby Youth Tournament.

This was the first year Nudgee College was selected by the Australian Rugby Union to represent the country at the international event.

Nudgee College is currently touring with a squad of 34, including 27 players.

- with AAP