UKAD v Darren Eales

December 04, 2020 | Rugby Union | Arbitration



  • Sport: Rugby Union
  • Issue: Arbitration
  • Type: Anti-Doping
  • Tribunal: Mark Hovell, Lorraine Johnson, Professor Brian Lunn
  • Decision date: 11 November 2020
  • Outcome: 8 years ineligibility

A decision in the case of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) v Darren Eales has been published by the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).

On 23 February 2019 Mr Darren Eales, a rugby union player in Scotland registered with Preston Lodge RFC, provided a urine Sample In-Competition at a fixture against Dumfries Saints RFC. The urine Sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for stanozolol-N-glucoronide, a metabolite of stanozolol.

Mr Brown was subsequently charged on 21 June 2019 with a breach of Article 21.2.1 of the World Rugby Regulations for the Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in his Sample. This represents the second occasion that Mr Eales has been charged with violating the Anti-Doping Regulations (ADR).

The NADP Tribunal, consisting of Mark Hovell, Lorraine Johnson and Professor Brian Lunn found that Mr Eales had committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation contrary to Article 21.2.1 and therefore imposed a period of Ineligibility of eight years, running from 23 February 2019 until midnight on 22 February 2027.

A copy of the full decision can be accessed via the related links 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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