New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is committed to the advancement of clean sport that rejects cheating through the use of performance-enhancing drugs and methods.
NZRL works in partnership with the national anti-doping organisation, Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ), to:
For full information about anti-doping, visit drugfreesport.org.nz.
All members of NZRL are required to abide by New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules . These rules reflect the World Anti-Doping Agency’s World Anti-Doping Code.
The 10 rule violations are:
The prohibited list
The prohibited list is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year, and details all substances and methods, which are prohibited or banned in sport.
A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:
Many medications contain substances that are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.
Contact DFSNZ for full information on medications that are not permitted in sport.
DFSNZ’s website medication check
0800 DRUGFREE (378 437)
Request a copy of DFSNZ’s wallet guide on the status of common medications.
Athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they need to take medication that is prohibited in sport. When competing at national or international level, a TUE must be applied for before taking any medication.
Many dietary or sports supplements are marketed as helping to improve performance, recovery, weight loss or muscle development. Supplements can contain substances that are prohibited in sport and may not accurately label ingredients, so you cannot be sure of exactly what’s in them.
Athletes should carefully assess their need for supplements and carefully research the supplements they choose to take.
Lodging a supplement query with DFSNZ can provide some assessment of the level of risk associated with supplements and may be able to identify products that are known to be a problem.
The Athlete Whereabouts programme
Anti-doping organisations, including DFSNZ, conduct drug tests on athletes out-of-competition with no advance warning. The Athlete Whereabouts Programme allows DFSNZ to locate athletes for testing.
Drug testing is one of the best ways to identify athletes who are doping and to protect athletes who are clean competitors.
Athletes can be tested during an event (in-competition) or at any other time (out-of-competition), and will be asked to provide a urine sample, a blood sample or both.
The testing process and sample collection for doping control will be carried out by a trained and accredited Drug Free Sport NZ official.
I need help!
If you have any questions please contact DFSNZ on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437).
NZRL’s point of contact for anti-doping matters is player development manager Dave McMeeken (email@example.com).