English player from the National Leagues receives two-year ban
Henry Hadfield, of Fylde RFC, has been banned from all sport for two years for an anti-doping rule violation.
The player receives the ban following an out-of-competition test on April 17, 2019.
Ä statement from the Rugby Football Union said the following: “He is banned from April 17, 2019 until April 16, 2021.
“Hadfield provided a urine sample which returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for the prohibited substance Higenamine. Higenamine is listed under category S3 of the WADA Prohibited List as a Beta-2 Agonist. It is a prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition, and is a Specified Substance.
“Hadfield 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”‘.
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“The RFU accepts that the Player’s Anti-Doping Rule Violation was not intentional and, therefore, the period of Ineligibility should be two years.”
RFU Anti-Doping and Illicit Drugs Programme Manager Stephen Watkins said: “All rugby players are subject to the anti-doping rules which are in place to protect players and the integrity of our sport.”