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Lifestyle

Drugs
Doping control plays an essential part in promoting and protecting doping free Rugby. World Rugby operates a zero tolerance policy to doping in Rugby. As a player you are solely responsible for any prohibited substances found to be present in your body. It is not necessary that intent or fault on your part be shown in order for an anti-doping rule violation to be established. This is known as the ‘strict liability’ principle.


Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is updated annually by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and defines what substances and methods are prohibited in and out of competition. The current Prohibited List can be downloaded from World Rugby’s anti-doping web site at:

worldrugby.org/keeprugbyclean



Medications and dietary supplements

Players who are taking any medication, prescribed or otherwise, or dietary supplement, should be certain it does not contain a prohibited substance. To check the ingredients of specific substances, the Global Drug Reference Online at www.globaldro.com may be of assistance, but only for products purchased in Canada, the UK or the USA. If in doubt, or for any other country, contact your National Anti-Doping Organisation.

Always advise your doctor or pharmacist before you are prescribed a medication that you may be subject to drug testing.

Players who are taking any medication, prescribed or otherwise, or dietary supplement, should be certain it does not contain a prohibited substance. To check the ingredients of specific substances, the Global Drug Reference Online at www.globaldro.com may be of assistance, but only for products purchased in Canada, the UK or the USA. If in doubt, or for any other country, contact your National Anti-Doping Organisation.



Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

A TUE provides a player with authorisation to use a prohibited substance or method to treat a legitimate medical condition or illness whilst continuing to play Rugby. More information on TUEs can be found at:

worldrugby.org/keeprugbyclean

Drug testing procedures

If you are ever selected for testing you should know what is involved and what rights and responsibilities you have.

You can watch a video which explains the doping control process at:

worldrugby.org/keeprugbyclean



‘Social’ drugs – Cannabis, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Amphetamines

Cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines are often thought of in a social setting. However, they are all prohibited substances and players who return a positive sample for any of them may be subject to sanctions with a starting point of a two year ban from all sport.

The residue for all of these substances can be detected in the body for days after they were taken, and in the case of cannabis, sometimes weeks.

For more information on the effects of these substances visit:

worldrugby.org/keeprugbyclean