Rugby Football Union v Michael Lowis

September 14, 2017 | Rugby Union | Arbitration



  • Sport: Rugby Union
  • Issue: Arbitration
  • Type: Anti-Doping
  • Tribunal: Mr William Norris QC , Ms Blondel Thompson , Professor Gordon McInnes
  • Decision date: 20 July 2017
  • Outcome: 4-year ineligibility

Michael Lowis, a 40-year-old Rugby player with Clevedon RFC, has been suspended for a period of 4 (four) years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) of World Rugby Regulation 21.2.1.

The sample that Mr Lowis provided was analysed and tested positive for the presence of prohibited substances, Drostanolone and Trenbolone (metabolite 17-epitrenbolone).

The player failed to demonstrate that his conduct was not “intentional” and to discharge the burden of establishing any basis upon which the period of ineligibility may be reduced.  

Mr Lowis’ period of ineligibility will run from 10 April 2017 - the date his provisional suspension commenced - until midnight on 9 April 2021.   

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