Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport


Rugby Union player banned for two years

Rugby player Patrick Hillier, who plays for Cheltenham Tigers RFC, has been suspended from all sport for a period of two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Mr Hillier tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following an In-Competition test on 28 October 2017, after a Tribute Western Counties North League match against Old Richians RFC

Mr Hillier was charged with an ADRV pursuant to Article 21.2.1 of World Rugby’s Anti-Doping Rules – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in a Player’s Sample.”

Nicole Sapstead, UKAD’s Chief Executive, said: “Athletes completing at all levels are solely responsible for any substance found in their body.

“It is vitally important athletes ensure they understand what is and isn’t permitted, both in and out of competition, and familiarise themselves with the WADA Prohibited List, which is updated annually.”

The period of Ineligibility shall apply from 17 November 2017 and will expire at midnight on 16 November 2019.

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