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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Doping prevention

In today's RWC Daily show, a feature that is going to be posted throughout the tournament, the focus shift to Pool C and the Wallabies, as Robbie Deans and a few of the players talk about their preperation. There's also a closer look at how doping is regulated.

The idea behind these videos is that you're given a bit of a a feel for what's happening over in New Zealand in the lead up to the tournament. Obviously once it actually kicks off properly, and the first game is played, things will get far more interesting as match previews and reviews will be included.

There will also be interviews with players as we'll get some insight into their thoughts both ahead of, and indeed after, the crunch matches. Round one's games seem fairly easy to pick, with one or two close ones, and the Wales vs South Africa game in particular being possibly the closest. You can join our pool on Sportguru to make your picks by signing up here. There's some great prizes too, and it's free to enter.

One thing we do know is that it's going to be an even playing field, as stringent doping tests are taking place, as is discussed in the video. There's probably a fairly high chance that their may be some controversy though, as we saw on the end of year tours last year, with some mixups and harmless, yet illegal substances possibly causing some trouble for a few players. Let's hope not anyway.

On a sidenote, it's been a franctic week for RD with all sorts of tech issues and server changes etc taking place. Some people are apparently still having trouble with caching, as the old site is stored on their isp's side. This will sort itself soon hopefully, but we apologise for the inconvenience anyway.

A lot of time is being spent on making sure other possibly issues don't arise, so this week has been fairly slow content wise. That'll pick up soon, so your patience is appreciated. Cheers

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:52 pm | View Comments (8)

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Javier Xavier September 07, 2011 11:36 pm


God I wish I was in NZ right now.

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Stefan September 08, 2011 1:39 am

I'm really enjoying these daily videos, it's the closest thing most of us have got to actually being there! Also the stats about all those negative drug test results renews my belief that rugby will remain a fair sport for the foreseeable future and it makes me proud to be a rugby fan.

Keep it all coming RD :D

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i love bacon September 08, 2011 3:05 am

rugby will remain a fair sport for the foreseeable future

I agree. It could just be naive hope on my part, because I'm sure that there could be some cheating going on, but on the surface, it seems like players are above that - I always think of rugby as being a sport for men who value hard work about the easy way out.

I love the NFL too, but it's so seedy that it's easy for rugby to keep ahead of it in class. Just the other week, I saw an article where players' unions had lobbied to prevent doping tests before the start of this season.

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i love bacon September 08, 2011 3:06 am

crap, that should say "hard work above the easy way out"

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flyingpepper September 08, 2011 6:44 am

Agree, don't think its just my love of the sport that has made me one sided, but rugby has this image of being clean compared to others. Maybe its because just being big, quick or storng will not make you good a good rugby player, well not at international level anyway. Thats why sprinters and other sportmen have tried to cross sports and failed. There is more to the game that physical size etc. Yet there are internation players that could easily cross into other sports, winger that do the hundred in sub 10.5 and close to professional level of weigh lifting in forwards for example. Rugby has to be the ultimate sport.

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Sneaki September 08, 2011 8:35 am

That rugby in primary schools things sounds like a pretty cool idea, I live in NZ and I'd never heard of it until I saw this.

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mrdougiestyle September 08, 2011 4:50 pm

To say the sport is squeaky clean is a tad naive! I know of a certain team local to me who are in a national division who had been snorting a certain substance on a night out before a game!
There are also certain bits that come into games that are not pleasant to watch but maybe that is me being a tad naive. The famous "Bloodgate" also did us no favours either.
However, that said I thing that what is good for the game of rugby is that we clean our own house and make an example of those who try to mess it up.
Maybe the powers that be don't get it right all the time but we do a bloody good job. I was playing in a 2's match last year when someone on the opposition decided to do the fandango down the back of my legs, my Fijian Centre came to my rescue and punched the wannabe Michael Flatterly in the face and knocked him clean out. As a club we banned this player for 8 weeks. I still think this was the correct decision.

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