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Player Whereabouts Requirements

Steam rises from the scrum during an England international against New Zealand

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The revised World Anti-Doping Code with major changes to the Player Whereabouts Requirements was adopted by the IRB and RFU on the 1st January 2009 and introduced by the RFU into English rugby on the 1st April 2009 after comprehensive club and player education and training.

The Player Whereabouts Requirements mean that a select group of rugby players in England are now subject to the same strict individual out of competition drug testing programmes and sanctions as Olympic athletes.

Selected players will be identified for inclusion in one or more of the below testing pools where they are required to provide personal, training and competition information so they can be located for individual out of competition testing. 

  • UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) National Registered Testing Pool
  • IRB International Registered Testing Pool
  • IRB International Testing Pool

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