Rugby player handed four-year ban by the RFU

A Haywards Heath RFC rugby player has been banned from all sport for four years following an anti-doping violation, the RFU announced today. His ban will serve the period of 10 January 2020 until 9 January 2024.

Max Drage of Haywards Heath RFC provided a urine sample In-Competition at Haywards Heath RFC’s ground on 16 November 2019.

The sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for S4 Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and S1 Anabolic Androgenic Steroids.

These are Prohibited Substances as defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List 2019.

Mr Drage 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.”

“All rugby players are subject to the anti-doping rules which are in place to protect players and the integrity of our sport,” said RFU Anti-Doping and Illicit Drugs Programme Manager, Stephen Watkins.


LIST | 5 famous rugby players and their luxury homes

Despite not earning as much as footballers, we think you’ll agree that these homes of rugby players are still pretty spectacular. 

Here are five of our favourites:

1. Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira’s beautiful home on the Dolphin Coast1.

Tendai and Kuziva Mtawarira’s Dolphin Coast, family escape is near enough to Durban for work and just far enough to feel like every day’s a holiday.

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