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Rugby Union Player Banned for Four Years

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that rugby union player Jack McIntosh has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Mr McIntosh, a registered player for Vale of Lune RUFC was asked to provide a sample on 15 May 2015 at his home address and did so. On 16 May, Mr McIntosh sought to withdraw his consent to his sample being analysed for prohibited substances, by saying that he had retired from rugby. His request was refused as he was still a registered player with the RFU and was bound by the Anti-Doping Rules.

He was charged under World Rugby Regulation 21.2.5 with subverting the doping control process, and accepted that he had committed that Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead, said: “Mr McIntosh had already been convicted of the criminal offence of supplying steroids in 2012 and was target tested for that very reason.

“Any athlete who participates in WADA compliant sports must adhere to their responsibilities as athletes which are clearly set out in the Anti-Doping Rules. Subverting sample collection procedures is a serious breach of the Anti-Doping Rules and of Athlete responsibilities.”

McIntosh is therefore banned from all sport from 5 June 2015 until midnight on 4 June 2019

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