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Anti-Doping Regulations

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has issued revised anti-doping provisions which, in line with the new World Anti-Doping Agency Code, took effect from January 1, 2009.

As a member union of the International Rugby Board (IRB), the RFU adopts the IRB's Anti-Doping Regulations, known as Regulation 21, and have been compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code since 2004.

The new RFU Anti-Doping Provisions cover the new rules regarding player whereabouts requirements, therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), the discipline process and appeals, as well as retirement and return to competition.

The RFU urges all clubs, players and support staff to read the new provisions carefully to ensure they are compliant with the new regulations. Examples of RFU anti-doping judgements can be found in the judgements section, grouped by the year the offence occurred.

For reference, a number of useful documents are available to download.