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Rugby player banned for four years for anti-doping rule violation

BY Grant Constable  ·  Wednesday Jun 10, 2020

A Haywards Heath RFC rugby player has been banned from all sport for four years following an anti-doping violation, the RFU announced today. His ban will serve the period of 10 January 2020 until 9 January 2024.

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Max Drage of Haywards Heath RFC provided a urine sample In-Competition at Haywards Heath RFC’s ground on 16 November 2019.

The sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for S4 Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and S1 Anabolic Androgenic Steroids.

These are Prohibited Substances as defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List 2019.

Mr Drage was charged with a breach of World Rugby regulation 21.2.1, “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in a player’s Sample.”

“All rugby players are subject to the anti-doping rules which are in place to protect players and the integrity of our sport,” said RFU Anti-Doping and Illicit Drugs Programme Manager, Stephen Watkins.

You can read the full judgement document here

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