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General Information and Confidential Advice

The RFU recognises the difficulty faced by players who have used illicit drugs, particularly those who have progressed to the stage where they realise that they have a problem with which they need advice and help. Taking that first step to do something about it can be daunting and fraught with worry.

Help and guidance is readily available on the web and some useful links are:

Players at Aviva Premiership clubs will be advised who at their club they can contact on a confidential basis regarding any illicit drug related issue and they can also contact the RFU Programme Medical Director, Dr Simon Kemp, for a confidential discussion. Dr Kemp can be contacted at

Details on making a formal admission of use of an illicit drug and what this means in terms of access to the RFU assessment and treatment programme can be found at paragraph 11 of the Illicit Drugs Policy. A first admission of use does not count as a violation (or strike) against the player.


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