RFU v Max Drage

June 10, 2020 | Rugby Union | Arbitration



  • Sport: Rugby Union
  • Issue: Arbitration
  • Type: Anti-Doping
  • Tribunal: Michelle Duncan
  • Decision date: 19 May 2020
  • Outcome: 4 years Ineligibility.

A decision in the case of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) v Max Drage has been published by the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).

On 16 November 2019 Mr Drage provided an In-Competition urine Sample. The Sample returned Adverse Analytical Findings for 7 substances, 5 of which are classed as anabolic androgenic steroids. Mr Drage was subsequently charged on 10 January 2020 with committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV), with a further updated Notice of Charge having been issued on 13 February 2020.

Mr Drage did not dispute the ADRV and the NADP Tribunal, consisting of Ms Michelle Duncan as sole arbitrator, imposed a period of ineligibility of 4 years, running from 10 January 2020 until midnight on 9 January 2024.

A copy of the full decision can be accessed via the related documents tab on the right-hand side.

The National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) is the United Kingdom’s independent tribunal responsible for adjudicating anti-doping disputes in sport. It is operated by Sport Resolutions and is entirely independent of UK Anti-Doping who is responsible for investigating, charging and prosecuting cases before the NADP.

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