December 22, 2008
The Rugby Football Union has issued revised Anti-Doping Provisions which in line with the new World Anti-Doping Agency Code take effect from the January 1 2009.
The provisions incorporate the recently updated and Code compliant International Rugby Board Anti-Doping Regulation 21 and cover the new rules regarding Athlete Whereabouts Requirements, Therapeutic Use Exemptions as well as Retirement and Return to Competition.
The RFU condemns the use or distribution of prohibited substances or methods as defined by the WADA Prohibited List and aims to become a world leader in the fight against doping.
The RFU is the only Union of the International Rugby Board to have appointed their own full-time anti-doping officer. Gavin Dovey joined the RFU from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) in December 2006 and is responsible for the RFU's anti-doping programme. From January 5, 2009 he will be supported by Anti-Doping Assistant Tom Cleary.
Dovey said: "As a Code compliant sport we have revised our anti-doping provisions to reflect the new WADA Code and IRB regulations which come into effect on the 1st January 2009. I urge all clubs and players to read the new provisions which are available at www.rfu.com/antidoping.
"We have been formally educating clubs, players and support staff on the new Athlete Whereabouts Requirements which will apply to the Senior England Elite Player Squad and look forward to working with the IRB to ensure a consistent application of these rules amongst Member Unions."