27 Jul 2017

Drug testing: "Schools need to step up"

From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 27 July 2017

The Rugby Players' Association says schools are too focussed on winning on the sports field, and are largely to blame for the introduction of drug testing for schoolboy rugby players. Drugfree Sport is to begin testing secondary school rugby players for supplements and anabolic steroids. The Chief Executive of the Rugby Players' Association Rob Nichol says the move to drug testing school players is unnecessary and disappointing, and he says if schools had taken an education programme offered by Sportfree New Zealand seriously, it would not be necessary. Jim Lonergan of the CEO of College Sport and President of Schools Rugby, responds.