Healthspan Elite Rugby Roundtable: Doping in Professional Rugby

By iSportconnect | April 7, 2016

Healthspan Elite, the UK’s leading supplier of high-quality vitamins and supplements for professional sport, recently hosted a roundtable discussion in London, covering the issue of Doping in Rugby.

The sport is the worst offender when it comes to testing results in the UK, with rugby union and rugby league occupying the top two positions on the UK Anti-Doping sanctions list.

Roundtable chaired by

–           David Slemen, MD of Elite Performance Partners and ex professional rugby player


–          Stephen Watkins, RFU Anti-Doping Manager

–           Alix Popham, ex Wales international

–          Chris Fisher, Head of Healthspan Elite

–           Dr. Graeme Close, Nutrition consultant to elite rugby, ex pro rugby league player (England Rugby)

The panel discuss why this is the case and the reasons players are willing to take banned substances. Other topics include the need for greater education on nutrition delivered by qualified staff and the use of supplements.

Healthspan Elite is a Nutrition Partner of Scottish Rugby, Edinburgh Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, in addition to partnerships with other elite sporting bodies including Team Sky, Southampton FC, British Sailing, Sport Wales and The English Institute of Sport.

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The nutritionist’s approach

The need for qualified staff and education