WADA compliments Rugby World Cup for zero failed drug tests

By Stephen Barry

There were no failed drugs tests recorded at the recent Rugby World Cup, it has been announced.

468 samples, 200 in-competition and 268 out-of-competition, were collected from players from the 20 nations involved and will be retained for future retesting.

World Rugby added that it has increased its testing and education budget by 30% this year, with 1,300 overall blood and urine tests undertaken between January and September.

That increase comes at the end of a year in which Toulon, three-time champions of Europe, were linked to an investigation into the alleged activites of pharmacies in supplying drugs.

WADA Director General David Howman said: “WADA commends World Rugby for implementing a robust anti-doping programme at Rugby World Cup 2015.

“With doping in sport very much in the spotlight, it is more important than ever for a sport as global as rugby to ensure it has a programme that combines intelligence-led testing with a strong education initiative such as Keep Rugby Clean.

“World Rugby has taken a positive step in increasing its resources for testing and education, and retaining samples for future analysis as is encouraged under the revised World Anti-Doping Code.”

The World Cup was also the first to feature the Athlete Biological Passport programme.

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