Scottish Rugby considers that:
- Illicit Drug use represents a threat to the health and wellbeing of those who participate in rugby;
- through their actions, players and others can influence the lives and behaviours of others; and
- the use of Illicit Drugs can bring the sport into disrepute.
Scottish Rugby wishes to prevent the use of Illicit Drugs by those participating in rugby. It has therefore adopted a Regulation (SDR 21.2 : Illicit Drugs) with a view to protecting the health and wellbeing of players and to protect the image of the game.
All those under the jurisdiction of Scottish Rugby must comply with SDR 21.2 : Illicit Drugs.
- Primary responsibility for the health and wellbeing of each player lies with the individual player.
- Scottish Rugby has also adopted a Regulation (SDR 21.2 Illicit Drugs) in relation to the testing and sanctioning of out-of-competition use of certain Illicit Drugs.
- Scottish Rugby has adopted a Regulation (SDR 21.1 Anti-Doping) in relation to the testing of players for WADA Prohibited Substances (both in and out-of-competition), and the subsequent sanctioning of offenders. This Regulation conforms with both the World Anti-Doping Code and World Rugby’s Regulation 21 (Anti-Doping).
- First offences under SDR 21.2 Illicit Drugs shall ordinarily be dealt with through the provision of support and education. Second and subsequent offences will normally lead to a period of suspension from the game.
- The welfare and safety of the player is paramount.
The following substances (including their metabolites and markers) are considered to be “Illicit Drugs” under Scottish Rugby’s Policy:
- Cannabis (1)
- Methamphetamines (Including “Ecstasy”)
(1) The WADA reporting threshold for cannabis metabolites in urine is set at a level to avoid possible passive ingestion being reported. For urine tests under this policy the WADA threshold shall apply.
The following Scottish Rugby Illicit Drugs Advice Notes are available:
Raising a Concern
Failure to follow Scottish Rugby’s Illicit Drugs Policy shall be regarded as an act of Misconduct under Scottish Rugby’s Disciplinary Rules.
Where a concern arises in the relation to the a player who may be using an illicit drug the matter may be referred in confidence to Scottish Rugby at [email protected] or by phoning 0131 346 5000.