Friday 14 July 2017

Rugby Europe and teams committed in Keep Rugby Clean Day at Exeter 7s Grand Prix


As tournament organizer, Rugby Europe dedicates the final round of Men’s Sevens Grand Prix Series 2017 to Keep Rugby Clean by holding specific initiatives in Exeter Sevens .

Officials, players and organization will be united to support World Rugby’s anti-doping initiative and promote clean sport by holding a Keep Rugby Clean Day on Saturday July 15th.

All 12 European Teams, referees and officials will be wearing Keep Rugby Clean t-shirts to show their support for and raise awareness of the anti-doping campaign.

As a strong message, the 12 teams’ captains have posed with KRC T-shirt for the official Tournament picture, that has been distributed on social media.

As the host union, the Rugby Football Union are also showing their support by coordinating Keep Rugby Clean messaging which will be visible inside the Sandy Park Stadium.

Supported by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), #KeepRugbyClean is internationally recognised as one of the leading anti-doping initiatives. World Rugby has provided face-to-face education and online e-learning modules to more than 15,000 players and player-support personnel in recent years.

One of the fundamental aims of the values-based education programme is to empower players to make the right ethical decisions and deter doping. Keep Rugby Clean Day also helps to raise awareness of anti-doping issues and the dangers associated with taking performance enhancing drugs.

World Rugby implements an annual testing programme which covers both in and out-of-competition testing. Blood and urine samples are analysed at WADA accredited laboratories around the world to help protect clean athletes and maintain a level playing field. World Rugby strives to operate the most scientific and comprehensive testing programme possible in the sport.

Mike Earl, World Rugby’s General Manager for Anti-Doping said: “World Rugby operates a zero-tolerance policy to doping in Rugby. There are no shortcuts to success and every player has the right to play in a drug-free environment. It is the responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure that the reputation of rugby is maintained and not undermined by doping”.

For more information on World Rugby’s anti-doping activates, please refer to World Rugby’s anti-doping website,