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03 Mar 2016 13:11

The sports regulatory view of creatine seems to be all over the shop. It is not banned, nor considered a PED, by most sporting bodies of European team sports. But is banned by the NCAA in college sports, performance in which is hugely influential in who gets through to the big US pro sports.

By contrast, European footballers were openly taking it in the 90s, and in the case of one well known batsman, it's mentioned in his Wisden Cricketer of the Year profile as him having built up his muscles with it. There is clearly no consensus on creatine at a governance level
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03 Mar 2016 15:49

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Maxiton wrote:
Benotti69 wrote:After the CTE findngs by a Nigerian Doctor why anyone would want to play a sport that destroys the brain is beyond me, but maybe it is a prime example of Darwinism.


Rugby, NFL, boxing, MMA, kickboxing: all sports that destroy the brain.

TV, smartphones, Internet: also arguably destroy the brain (or at least deform it), along with privacy, as well as, ultimately, liberty. And yet we embrace it. More Darwinism?



i prefer the short cut that an ice-pick frontal lobotomy solves.


You Trotskyist :D
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08 Mar 2016 18:47

Back to Union today, and UKAD bans a WRU player for two years f

Adam Buttifant, who played for Bargoed RFC, tested positive for metabolites of dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone (an anabolic steroid) following an out-of-competition test on 8 June 2015.

Press release:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/news/article/welsh-rugby-union-player-banned-for-two-years

Full Decision:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/a/7007


Paragraph 45 of the full decision in quite striking. I would have thought myself that this was an open and shut 4 year ban. However, I am less moved that the tribunal in the circumstances surrounding the case.
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15 Mar 2016 09:10

Former Fiji & Leicester back Seru Rabeni dies aged 37

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/35809317
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18 Mar 2016 17:16

UKAD bans Thomas Price (Whitehall RFC - A tribute Western Counties team which is Tier 7) for 4 years for failure to provide a sample.

Press Release:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/news/article/rugby-union-player-thomas-price-banned-for-four-years

Full decision:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/a/7018


Particularly relevant that whilst an IC test, this was specifically a mission to target test Mr Price, and random others.
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25 Mar 2016 17:45

http://www.fanpage.it/doping-da-record-a-catania-rugbista-positivo-ad-11-sostanze/

Imagine what the good players (Eng, Scot, Welsh, French and Irish) are on..........
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05 Apr 2016 12:20

Joseph Phelps, who played for Hafodyrynys RFC (Swalec Nation League Division 3 East B - literally the bottom tier of Welsh Rugby), tested positive for nandrolone following an out-of-competition test on 16 June 2015.

Press release:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/news/article/welsh-rugby-union-player-banned-for-four-years

Full decision:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/a/7029

Copy of notice of dismissal of appeal
http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/b/7029
In essence, he missed filing deadlines for the appeal. Not that there seems to be any grounds.

Taking the sequence as laid out in paragraph 32.
He used facebook to find someone, met them at Morrisons, got advice from a known doper at a doping gym, injected himself, and then failed to disclose this.

If he did have ED issues, and was embarrassed about it (as he claims) well those issues are laid out large for the world to see now.
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29 Apr 2016 19:54

Adam Scanlon, a Welsh rugby player representing Pontypool RFC was suspended for two years following an IC test after a SWALEC championship match in October 2015.

He returned an AAF for Clomiphene which is an anti-oestrogenic drug.

One of the most clear cut cases recently, the full decision is not even 5 full pages of text.

http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/a/7063
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30 Apr 2016 08:47

Rugby people must have serious low IQs to be testing positive so often. It is hardly that the tests are that good!
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01 May 2016 14:16

Its low tech doping. Steroids mostly that are easily found in urine.
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02 May 2016 10:29

Because these guys are just standard Valleys roidheads that happen to play for the village rugby team.
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04 May 2016 03:10

VO2 Max wrote:Because these guys are just standard Valleys roidheads that happen to play for the village rugby team.


Yep. And the WRU are patting themselves on the back that the testing is working...and ignoring possible problems elsewhere.
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05 May 2016 13:22

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that three English rugby union players, Andrew Quarry, Brandon Walker and Connor Stapley, have been suspended from all sport for twelve, four and two years respectively following Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)

Press release:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/news/article/three-rugby-union-players-banned-from-all-sport/

Andrew Quarry played for Kendal (Tier 6), and was banned for 12 years after a criminal case had been tried by the Crown court, and was also imprisoned for 12 months by that court for Supply of Class C drugs (steroids) via a gym..
http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/a/7072

In a separate steroid case Brandon Walker, who was registered with Esher RFC ( National League 1 so Tier 3) admitted taking oxandrolone. So got the standard 4 year ban.
http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/a/7073


Finally, Connor Stapley, who was registered with Henley RFC, (Also National League 1, but the club was relegated) tested positive for the presence of metabolites of anabolic agents methandienone and mesterolone. He argued a contaminated supplement, and the panel concluded the taking was not intentional and he was given a reduced 2 year ban.
http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/a/7074
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06 May 2016 08:58

Esher and Henley are pretty big clubs for what it's worth. Obviously still small but maybe it'll get noticed.
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06 May 2016 09:41

Well I was right:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/36218785

Lets see if anything comes of it though...
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06 May 2016 11:15

King Boonen wrote:Esher and Henley are pretty big clubs for what it's worth. Obviously still small but maybe it'll get noticed.


The catches are getting bigger and bigger, that's for sure.

The decision of the panel in the Quarry makes for interesting reading, about some of the issues of collaboration between anti-doping and the legal authorities. Its certainly not as seamless as it should be. They also considered a life ban, but kept it down to "just" 12 years.
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11 May 2016 12:25

http://drugfreesport.org.nz/news/media-releases/club-rugby-player-banned-for-six-years

A former Wellington club and Wellington Maori rugby player has been banned from all sport for six years for using and distributing anabolic steroids.
New Zealand Rugby’s Judicial Committee today sanctioned Andrew Burne after he pleaded guilty to; use, possession and trafficking prohibited substances.
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13 May 2016 14:27

Sam Broster (Macclesfield RFC - National League 2/Tier 4, but were National League 1 at the time of the positive) banned for 2 years for a clenbutarol positive. His argument was that it was meat contamination, specifically Biltong a type of South African Jerky. The positive was in July 2014 so 2 years is the standard sanction due to the rules in force at that time).

Press release:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/news/article/sam-broster-banned-for-two-years-following-positive-test-for-clenbuterol

Full decision:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/a/7076
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13 May 2016 14:32

Interestingly, it has been almost a year since the panel sat and agreed the judgement.
Once assumes there was some sort of appeal over the jurisdictional matter discussed in the full decision.
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23 May 2016 11:41

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that a 23 year old English rugby league player, John Todd, has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV)

Press release:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/news/article/rugby-league-player-john-todd-receives-four-year-ban-for-steroids/

Copy of Order:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/download-decision/a/7082


The guy at least admitted promptly. Saving the time effort and expense of hearings which would not have affected the outcome.
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