Wed, September 26, 2018

RFU v Brandon Staples (First Instance)


  • Sport: Rugby Union
  • Issue: Arbitration
  • Type: Anti-Doping
  • Tribunal: Mark Hovell, Blondel Thompson, Lorraine Johnson
  • Decision date: 30 November 2017
  • Outcome: The Tribunal imposed the standard sanction of 4 year's period of Ineligibility.

Decision Details

On 9 August 2017, rugby union player Brandon Staples of Yorkshire Carnegie RFC was subject to an Out-of-Competition test following a training session.

Analysis of Mr Staples’ urine sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone and its metabolite 6β-hdehydrochloromethyltestosterone, 6β-hydroxy methandienone and 17 epi-methandienone (metabolites of methandienone) and Stanozolol-N-glucuronide (metabolite of Stanozolol).

Mr Staples was subsequently charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the Presence of Prohibited Substances under World Rugby Regulation 21.2.1.

At first instance, the NADP Tribunal consisting of Mark Hovell, Blondel Thompson and Lorraine Johnson determined that Mr Staples failed to establish that the ADRV was not intentional, imposing the standard sanction of 4 (four) year’s period of Ineligibility. Mr Staples subsequently appealed this decision.