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RFU Testing Programme

A selection of banned substances

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The RFU operates a robust in- and out-of-competition domestic testing programme, conducted and coordinated by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in compliance with the WADA International Standard for Testing. In addition players are subject but not limited to testing as part of the RBS 6 Nations, Heineken Cup, Churchill Cup and IRB testing programmes.

Under the RFU Anti-Doping Provisions, any rugby player in England may be tested anytime, anywhere. Players may be selected to provide a sample at random or be subject to target testing without prior notice, at matches, squad training sessions or as part of an individual out-of-competition testing programme.

In season 2009-10 the RFU conducted a record 585 tests under its testing programme, including 30 blood tests, with 72 per cent of all tests conducted out of competition with no advance notice. One anti-doping rule violation was recorded in this period.

Season 2010-11 RFU Domestic Testing Pool

The RFU Domestic Testing Pool consists of those levels of rugby, clubs and players who are subject to regular in and out of competition testing and as such must be aware of important rights and responsibilities such as the RFU Anti-Doping Regulations, Prohibited Listtherapeutic use exemptions and supplement risks.

The RFU Domestic Testing Pool in Season 2010-11 consists of the following levels of rugby:

  • England Senior
  • England Saxons
  • England Sevens
  • England U20
  • England U18
  • England Women’s Senior
  • England Women’s U20
  • Aviva Premiership
  • Championship
  • National League 1

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