The RFU operates a robust in- and out-of-competition domestic testing programme, conducted and coordinated by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in compliance with the WADA International Standard for Testing. In addition players are subject but not limited to testing as part of the RBS 6 Nations, European Cup, and World Rugby testing programmes.
Under the RFU Anti-Doping Provisions, any rugby player in England may be tested anytime, anywhere. Players may be selected to provide a sample at random or be subject to target testing without prior notice. Testing may take place at matches, squad training sessions or as part of an individual out-of-competition testing programme.
The RFU Domestic Testing Pool consists of those levels of rugby, clubs and players who are subject to regular testing and as such must be aware of important rights and responsibilities such as the RFU Anti-Doping Regulations, the Prohibited List, TUEs and supplement risks.
The RFU Domestic Testing Pool consists of the following levels of rugby:
- England squads (Men and Women)
- Aviva Premiership
- RFU-affiliated Academies
- Greene King IPA Championship
- National League 1
It is important to note however that the RFU can, and does, test outside of this pool.