WIDNES half back Rangi Chase has tested positive for cocaine in a drugs test and has been suspended.

Chase, who joined from Castleford in the middle of the season and recently signed a new deal, will not be able to train or play.

A statement released by the club sates: "Widnes Vikings received notification from UK Anti-Doping and the Rugby Football League today that Rangi Chase tested positively for cocaine in a drugs test, following the recent fixture against Wakefield Trinity.

"As a consequence, under Rugby Football League anti-doping regulations, he has been suspended from all training and playing activity.

"The Club fully respects this suspension and are currently reviewing this matter. There will be no further comment at this time."

It is a body blow to Vikings who start their battle to retain Super League status tomorrow night at home to Warrington.