English player cops four-year doping ban
NEWS: An English club rugby player has been banned from all sports for four years.
RFU revealed that Kurt Brown of Lydney RFC has been suspended from March 13, 2020, until March 12, 2024.
Brown provided an in-competition urine sample after a match at Lydney RFC on February 1.
The sample was found to contain an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for S1.1 Anabolic Androgenic Steroid, namely Nandrolone, 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone, a Non-Specified Substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List 2020.
Brown was charged with a breach of World Rugby regulation 21.2.1, ‘Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in a player’s Sample’.
RFU Anti-Doping and Illicit Drugs Programme Manager Stephen Watkins said: “All rugby players are subject to the anti-doping rules irrespective of level.
“This case highlights the importance of players only seeking advice on injuries and treatment from qualified medical personnel.”