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Friday 29, Jan 2016

  Former UEFA Man Appointed To Lead Anti-Doping Unit

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Mike Earl has been appointed by World Rugby as its Anti-Doping General Manager, the sport’s governing body said in a statement.

Earl will head the Dublin-based organization’s anti-doping unit. Previously, Earl has spent 15 years working in the field for UEFA, the Football Association, and the UK National Anti-Doping Organization.

In a statement, World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset remarked doping is a major threat to the integrity of sport and World Rugby is a committed and active federation in the fight to protect clean sport. Lapasset added this appointment in a critical area expands our capability, ensuring the highest possible standards of testing and education as our sport continues to reach and grow in new markets worldwide.

Lapasset also said we announced a 28 per cent increase in our annual education and testing funding in 2015. He also remarked this record anti-doping investment, with participation levels increasing at unprecedented rates, represents a proactive and pragmatic approach to protect our sport and ensure a level playing field. The World Rugby chairman added it focuses on the intelligence-based testing supported by our biological passport program and increased face-to-face and online education across multiple languages.

The World Rugby in a statement said it was committed to ensuring the highest standards of education in order that players at all levels of the sport make the right choices with regards to nutrition and participation. The statement also reads that education remains a critical deterrent and it is mandatory for players, coaches and medical practitioners participating in World Rugby events. The World Rugby statement added it would also implement educational programs at lower levels of the game and in school rugby.

During last year’s Rugby World Cup 2015 testing program, 468 samples were taken across all 20 participating nations with no adverse findings.

Recently, Ryan Watkins was suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). Watkins tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone and the stimulant Methylhexaneamine following an in-competition test on 18 August after a pre-season friendly between Maesteg Harlequins RFC and Bridgend Ravens RFC. He is banned from 12 September 2015 to midnight on 11 September 2019.

UKAD Director of Legal, Graham Arthur said Ryan Watkins deliberately ingested Nandrolone and Methylhexaneamine without any consideration for his responsibilities as an athlete and added by making this conscious choice to dope, Watkins has chosen to cheat his team mates, the opposition and his sport.

Few days back, UK Anti-Doping suspended Shaun Cleary from all sport for two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The hooker for Maesteg Harlequins RFC tested positive for Benzoylecgonine (a cocaine metabolite) following an in-competition test on 18 August after a pre-season friendly between Maesteg Harlequins RFC and Bridgend Ravens RFC. At that time, Graham Arthur said Cleary used cocaine three days before he played and cocaine was still in his system when he played. The UKAD Director of Legal then remarked cocaine is banned from sport and Athletes are solely responsible for what is in their system, regardless of whether there is an intention to cheat or not. Sportspeople have to be aware that using cocaine at any time will put them at great risk of breaking the anti-doping rules and receiving a long ban.

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Sunday 06, Dec 2015

  Rugby World Cup 2015 Anti-Doping Results Confirmed By World Rugby

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Results of the anti-doping testing and education program that was undertaken during Rugby World Cup 2015 in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) have been announced by World Rugby.

For the Rugby World Cup, UK Anti-Doping was the official sample collection organization and a total of 468 samples were taken across all 20 participating teams. In an intelligence-led and targeted program, 200 in-competition samples were collected and 268 samples were collected out-of-competition. World Rugby has taken the decision to store some samples for future re-analysis and the tests included a mix of urine (317 samples collected) and blood (151).

No adverse analytical findings have been recorded till date. All samples undertaken at the Rugby World Cup 2015 were analyzed at the WADA-accredited laboratory at the Drug Control Centre, King’s College, London.

World Rugby introduced an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program in 2013 and World Rugby increased its targeted testing and education budget by nearly 30 percent in 2015. England 2015 was the first Rugby World Cup to include the (ABP) program.

UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead said UK Anti-Doping was delighted to be part of such a prestigious event and provide an expert service to World Rugby and organizers of Rugby World Cup 2015. Sapstead added that ensuring that there is a robust and rigorous testing program at a major event is an essential part to protecting the integrity of any sporting competition, and World Rugby worked hard to ensure that such a comprehensive anti-doping program was in place. The UKAD Chief Executive also commented that World Rugby should be congratulated on their successful Keep Rugby Clean campaign. Anti-doping education is a vital tool in protecting clean sport and it is a key tool in preventing doping as it helps players to make the right choices so they do not risk their careers or their health.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset commented that our Rugby World Cup 2015 program was based on intelligence-led testing and reflects our commitment to ensure that we are ahead of the curve in this area. Lapasset added while there were no adverse findings before, or during, Rugby World Cup 2015 that doesn’t mean we can become complacent as to the risks and that is why we have increased our budget in this important area and committed to storing samples for potential further analysis.

The chairman of World Rugby also said doping is a major threat to the integrity of sport and World Rugby is committed to a prevention program of targeted testing and global education to ensure that players at all levels understand the performance and health importance of maintaining a level playing field for all. Lapasset also said Rugby World Cup 2015 as our showcase tournament provided a global platform to reach, engage and educate the global rugby family at all levels as well as wider society. He also remarked we must collectively continue to drive the education agenda and protect clean players and added he would like to thank everyone who took part and supported this important program.

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Thursday 09, Jul 2015

  World Rugby Reaffirms Level Playing Field Commitment

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An additional 27 percent increase in anti-doping education, testing, and research funding over the next four years has been announced by World Rugby. This increase in funding reaffirms World Rugby’s commitment to maintain a level playing field.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset remarked World Rugby is a committed and active federation in the fight against doping in sport and while we do not believe that there is a culture of systematic doping in rugby, we are not complacent.

Every year, World Rugby has managed to deliver record education and delivery of intelligence programs. The record investment injection will be useful to underwrite expanded education, intelligent testing, and prevention program with the sport experiencing unprecedented global growth and participation having doubled over the last eight years.

Lapasset added this record anti-doping investment represents a proactive and pragmatic approach to future-proof our sport and ensure a level playing field with participation levels increasing at record rates. The World Rugby Chairman added that this program will primarily focus on the intelligence-based testing that underpins our biological passport program and increased face-to-face and online education across multiple languages. It was further added by Lapasset that the Rugby World Cup 2015 Keep Rugby Clean day on 26 September will see players and coaches from all the participating teams unite in support of our campaign to educate and inform players at all levels of the sport that there are no shortcuts and success can be achieved on dedication and a balanced diet.

Interactive Keep Rugby Clean education was delivered by World Rugby to more than 7,000 elite players in 2014 across the spectrum of age grade and it is widely believed that full international sevens and 15s competitions and Rugby World Cup 2015 will provide a further platform to promote.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Director General David Howman appreciated the increase in funding by World Rugby. Howman remarked intelligent testing and preventative education form the backbone of the enhanced World Anti-Doping Code that came into effect at the start of this year. The WADA Director General also said World Rugby by increasing its investment in anti-doping is proving itself to be a dedicated partner, committed to allowing clean sport to prevail and the rights of clean athletes to be upheld and also commented that World Rugby’s renewed focus on intelligent testing and education is particularly important as the eyes of the sporting world turn to England this September for the Rugby World Cup.

It was remarked by World Rugby Anti-Doping Manager for Testing and Education Ilaria Baudo that World Rugby is committed to anti-doping education and we take our role very seriously to ensure that players at all levels of the game understand the consequences of doping, and how to maintain a healthy and clean approach to sports nutrition. Baudo also said our value-based education program is highly interactive and is designed to engage and educate young players and their entourage at all levels of the game and we are delighted with the response that we receive from players and our unions alike.

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