Anti Doping Suspension: William Robinson
WILLIAM ROBINSON (Rotherham Titans) has been suspended for two years by the Rugby Football Union for an Anti-Doping violation.
The player tested positive for Clomiphene, a hormone and metabolic modulator and a prohibited substance, at an out of competition test on July 16, 2013.
A disciplinary panel of Daniel White, Peter Fraser QC and Dr Julian Morris suspended him from August 13, 2013 (the date of the original temporary suspension) until August 13, 2015. He is free to play again the following day.
The player admitted to the offence and agreed to the case being heard on papers without attending in person.
The RFU and Anti-Doping
The Rugby Football Union condemns the use or distribution of prohibited substances or methods as defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
The RFU operates a robust in and out of competition domestic testing programme conducted and co-ordinated by UKAD in compliance with the WADA International Standard for Testing. In season 2012-13 617 tests were carried out, the majority of which were out of competition. A further 345 tests were undertaken as part of the RFU Illicit Drugs Programme. In addition, players are subject but not limited to testing as part of the RBS Six Nations, Heineken Cup, Aviva Premiership and IRB testing programmes. Under the RFU and IRB Anti-Doping Regulation 21 any player may be tested anytime, anywhere. Players may be selected to provide a sample at random or be subject to target testing without prior notice, at matches, squad training sessions or as part of an individual out of competition testing programme.
The RFU and its partners are at the forefront of Anti-Doping education and the RFU aims to protect the spirit of rugby from being undermined by doping and to protect the fundamental right of players to participate in doping-free sport. England teams – from U16 upwards – and Aviva Premiership clubs take part in Anti-Doping education each season, and many Greene King IPA Championship and National One clubs have accredited Anti-Doping tutors. Education of young players also takes place annually in club academies and in RFU-sponsored further education courses while further outreach campaigns have been developed in partnership with UKAD’s 100%Me brand.
William Robinson suspension
During his period of ineligibility William Robinson may not participate in any capacity in a match and/or tournament (international or otherwise) or activity (other than authorised Anti-Doping education or rehabilitation programmes) authorised or organised by the International Rugby Board or any member Union or Tournament Organiser. Such participation includes but is not limited to coaching, officiating, selection, team management, administration or promotion of the Game, playing, training as part of a team or squad, or involvement in the Game in any other capacity in any Union in membership of the IRB.