ORFC Anti-Doping Info


As a sports person you are soley responsible for any banned substance that is found in your system, regardless of how it got there or whether there was an intention to cheat or not. If the banned substance enters your system through an over the counter medication or shop bought supplement if it is found in your system when you are tested you can be banned.

Any registered Welsh rugby union player can be tested, you can be tested after a game, after training or the testers may come to your home address to test you. If you refuse a test without a valid reason you will be banned from the sport.

It is important to check your supplements have been tested to ensure they do not contain any banned substances.



Oakdale RFC and the Welsh Rugby Union recognises that in addition to having a healthy diet, players may also decide to use supplements. Players should only seek and accept advice on the use of supplements from suitably qualified personnel, such as nutritionists or dieticians. If you do not have access to either, you should thoroughly research the supplement.

There is evidence to support the effectiveness of some supplements, equally, there are many for whichthere is no evidence that they actually work; and some contain prohibited substances that are banned under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

Remember players are solely responsible for any prohibited substances found in their body. If you decide you still wish to take supplements Oakdale RFC and the Welsh Rugby Union supports 'INFORMED SPORT' who batch test products to help ensure they are free from banned substances. You can search for you chosen supplement on www.informed-sport.com or by clicking on the logo below to access their database of information.




Before taking any medication you should check it on 'globalDRO.co.uk' (or by clicking the picture below) a website containing up-to-date information on which medications are safe and those that are not.

Enter yourself as an athlete, put your location as the UK and rugby as your sport then enter your medication. GlobalDRO will tell you if it is banned or safe to take, when you check it note down your reference number. Remember, globalDRO is not for checking supplements or herbal medications.





You can be banned from sport for any of the following 10 violations, bans are anything up to life

·       ‚ÄčThe presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete's sample

·       Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance of a prohibited method

·       Evading, refusing or failing to take a test

·       Missing three tests (this applies to elite athletes who are on the UKAD whereabouts programme)

·       Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of a doping test

·       Posession of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method

·       Trafficking or attempted trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method

·       Administration - this is helping an athlete to take a banned substance

·       Complicity - Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, conspiring, covering up the use of banned drugs and methods

·       Prohibited Association - associating with a person such as a coach, who has been found guilty of a doping violation



SPEAK OUT - 'reportdoping.com'     08000 32 23 32



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