Key information on testing at Top Four Championship

Wednesday - July 26th 2017

Key information on testing at Top Four Championship

Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) will carry out anti-doping testing at the NZSS 1stXV Top 4 rugby tournament in Palmerston North in September. 

DFSNZ has identified elements within the schools rugby environment which indicate a significant potential for doping to occur. This includes research conducted by Otago University on behalf of DFSNZ showing extensive and uncontrolled supplement use, along with the knowledge that doping (and in particular anabolic steroid use) is occurring in comparable environments overseas, notably South Africa and the UK. 

DFSNZ has the mandate and responsibility to act in environments where it believes there is a significant potential for doping to occur. This competition is run under the jurisdiction of NZ Rugby who have adopted WADA Code compliant anti-doping rules that are mandatory for all players. 

It is essential that secondary school sport operates with integrity to ensure fairness and, most importantly, the health of players must be protected.

Education is vital to ensuring that players, coaches and parents are aware of the processes and any related issues in advance of the tournament. 

Summary of the testing process (explained fully in the education presentations and on the DFSNZ website)


• Testing will be conducted by Drug Free Sport NZ under the Rules of New Zealand Rugby.
• Urine samples will be collected in private under the supervision of accredited DFSNZ Testing Officials. Players may have a representative (e.g. coach, parent) present during the process.
• Samples will be analysed at the WADA accredited Laboratory in Sydney.
• Analysis will focus on a limited range of substances that are taken specifically to enhance performance and are highly unlikely to be under medical prescription. 
• In the rare event that a positive test results from properly administered medication the opportunity to apply for an exemption permitting the medical use is available.
• Should a player test positive without any medical justification the normal results management process and, where applicable, sanction regime will apply.

For more detailed information on testing, click here