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Doping Case Studies

While rugby union has traditionally enjoyed a low incidence of doping and is rightly proud of its record as a relatively clean sport, there have been a few players who have committed anti-doping rule violations.

Australian winger Wendell Sailor who tested positive for cocaine in 2006

Photo: RFU Archive

Below are some case studies of both international and domestic rugby players who have broken the anti-doping rules and been sanctioned accordingly.

The RFU hopes these case studies help the overwhelming majority of rugby players to continue to make responsible and informed choices, and serve as a warning to those players contemplating using prohibited substances that they will get caught.


Bjorn Basson & Chiliboy Ralepelle (PDF 123KB)

Adam Dean (PDF 131KB)

Russell Thompson (PDF 73KB)

Nico Steenkamp (PDF 105KB)

Karena Wihongi (PDF 113KB)

Anabolic Agents

Marshall Gadd (PDF 67KB)


Apoua Stewart (PDF 66KB)

Sebastian Berti (PDF 67KB)


Paul Price (PDF 66KB)

Wendell Sailor (PDF 72KB)

Matt Stevens (PDF 115KB)


Dan Hyde (PDF 76KB)

Strict Liability

Jason Keyter (PDF 69KB)

Therapeutic Use Exemptions

Scott MacLeod (PDF 65KB)

Failure To Comply

James Rothwell (PDF 77KB)

Nathan Jones (PDF 129KB)


Further case studies can be found on the iRB's Keep Rugby Clean website


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