The table below outlines the criteria for rugby league players who qualify as national level athletes and specifies when they should apply for a TUE if they need one.
|National competition||National representation|
Athletes who compete in the Australian National Rugby League competition (NZ based teams only). Athletes who compete in the Premiership (tier 1) division of the National Rugby League Competition.
Athletes selected in the Kiwis national representative team.
|When to apply for a TUE||If you need to take medication that contains a prohibited substance or method, you must have a TUE in place one (1) week prior to the event start date and it should remain in place for the duration of the event (while you are still taking the medication).||If you need to take medication that contains a prohibited substance or method, you should apply for a TUE as soon as you are selected.
The TUE should remain in place until the competition period or the pinnacle event for the current year has ended e.g. the final playoffs (while you are still taking the medication).
Note: if you lose your place in the team due to injury or performance, you still qualify as a National-Level Athlete for this period and must have a TUE in place as you could still be drug tested during this time.