UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has confirmed that Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) player Peter Davies has been suspended from all sport for two years following an anti-doping rule violation.
Mr Davies, who plays for Newport High School Old Boys, a member club of the WRU, failed and then refused to submit to sample collection on two separate occasions in May 2014. On 14 May, Mr Davies failed to provide a sample when UKAD attempted to test at the player’s home address. On 20 May, UKAD returned to his home address for testing purposes and Mr Davies refused to provide a sample.
The player is banned from all competition from 14 June 2014 until midnight on 13 June 2016. The full written decision can be found under current rule violations.
UKAD Director of Legal Graham Arthur said: “To fail to comply with sample collection is a serious violation of the anti-doping rules. Testing remains integral to our work and the consequences of failing to provide a sample warrant sufficiently stiff penalties.
“As the National Anti-Doping Panel stated, Mr Davies’ status as an amateur has no relevance to the interpretation and application of the anti-doping rules. The message to clean athletes is that when anti-doping authorities request a sample, athletes need to do everything they can to cooperate. Under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, refusal or failure to comply with the anti-doping process will result in a four-year ban.”