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Anti Doping

The RFL is committed to the principles of drug-free sport for the following reasons:

  • To uphold and preserve the ethics of the Game
  • To safeguard the physical and mental health of the Players
  • To ensure that all Players have the opportunity to compete equally

To underpin that commitment the RFL will:

  • Educate and inform Players about the dangers of drugs and consequences of taking drugs or breaching the Anti-Doping Regulations
  • Comply with the WADA Code
  • Test players as part of an effective testing programme to confirm and maintain the drug free status of Rugby League Players.

The information on the following pages aims to support Players and support staff in finding relevant and up to date information relating to anti-doping. These pages will either provide or direct you to the information you need on the rights and responsibilities of Players and support personnel taking part in Rugby League in relation to the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) Code and the RFL’s Anti-Doping Regulations.

The RFL prides itself on Rugby League being a clean sport and is committed to ensuring that high standards are set for fair play and a drug-free sport while protecting the spirit of the game. The RFL do this by having an intelligent and thorough testing programme and by ensuring players and support staff have access to information and education to enable them to make the correct decisions. The RFL want to create a generation of players who have confidence in their ability to succeed in Rugby League without the misuse of prohibited substances or methods, and empower Rugby League clubs to be competent in supporting their players.

The RFL work closely with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to deliver a suitable anti-doping programme.

100% me Anti-Doping education

The RFL is committed to the principles of drug-free sport and work with UKAD to regularly educate and inform players through 100% me – please see the dedicated 100% me page for further information. 100% me educates players about the Anti-Doping Regulations and how they can ensure they do not fall foul of the rules. Club support personnel also receive education and information and many are qualified UKAD Advisors.

Testing

Rugby League has one of the most thorough and effective testing programmes in sport, intelligently testing a large number of players during the course of a season. Testing is carried out In Competition and Out of Competition and includes both urine and blood testing.

For further information please email: anti.doping@rfl.uk.com

The RFL has taken every care to ensure that the content of this website is current and correct and it has been produced in good faith. However, the RFL cannot guarantee the correctness and completeness of the content and no responsibility is taken for any omissions or errors. Anyone using this information is strongly recommended to ensure that they are fully aware of the RFL Anti-Doping Regulations and the WADA Prohibited List before embarking on any course of action. The information on these pages is only a short guide to the information available and does not constitute business, medical or other professional advice.