ANTI DOPING POLICY
The club fully supports the IRFU Anti-doping Policy. All players should read and be compliant with this policy.
The Regulations of the Irish Rugby Football Union stipulate:
“The Irish Rugby Football Union Anti-Doping Regulations are the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as adopted by the Irish Sports Council on the 2nd day of February 2004 and which came into force on the 1st day of Jun, 2004, as amended from time to time. The rules contained in the said Irish Anti-Doping Rules shall have effect and be construed as Regulations of the Irish Rugby Football Union”
Further information is set out on the IRFU website:
In which it is stated:
The Irish Rugby Football Union fully recognises the need and its responsibility to remain vigilant at all times to the threat of performance enhancing drugs in the sport and implements an anti-doping policy in line with Irish Sports Council, World Rugby and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations and guidelines.
Such is rugby’s commitment to this matter that in addition to participating in the Irish Sports Council’s (ISC) National Programme Testing the sport is one of just seven that directly funds additional ISC testing each year. The ISC’s Anti-Doping Annual Review 2013 confirms a total of 190 tests on rugby players, the majority of which (105) were paid for by rugby organisations under the ISC’s paid for testing programme. In the 2013/14 season 60% of these tests were ‘out of competition’, which are seen as key to monitoring of potential risks.