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Rugby Union Player Thomas Price Banned for Four Years

Rugby union player Thomas Price has been banned for years

Rugby union player Thomas Price has been banned for years

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that a rugby union player, Thomas Price, has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Price, who played for Whitehall RFC, refused to provide a urine sample to UKAD Doping Control Officers after being selected for post-match doping control. The match took place on 14 November 2015 between Whitehall RFC and Keysham RFC.

A disciplinary panel, convened by the Rugby Football Union, found that Price refused to provide a sample of urine and he has been banned from all sport for four years, from 20 November 2015 to midnight on 20 December 2019.

UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, said:

“In the case of Thomas Price, the panel found that this was not a case of could not provide a sample, but rather that he would not provide a sample. Refusing to provide a sample is a severe violation of the anti-doping rules. Intelligence-led testing programmes remain integral to our work and refusing to provide a sample will result in serious consequences.

“The message to athletes is clear - when anti-doping authorities request a sample, they must co-operate.”

The full written decision can be found under the current rule violations.