The International Rugby Board has confirmed that Scotland Under 20 player Sam Chalmers has been suspended for two years for an anti-doping offence.
The 19-year-old from Melrose RFC underwent an out-of-competition urine test in May 2013 while in a Scotland Under 20 training camp, ahead of the IRB Junior World Championship.
His sample contained metabolites of methandienone and stanozolol, which are both listed in Section S1.1a Anabolic Androgenic Steroids in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2013 list of prohibited substances.
At an IRB Judicial Committee hearing which was held on 28 August, the player accepted that he had committed an anti-doping rule violation.
In considering all aspects of the case, the committee decided to impose a two-year suspension, the minimum allowable under the circumstances, which will run until 11 June 2015.
The IRB operates a zero-tolerance policy on doping. Players are solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their body.
The case highlights the inherent dangers of supplement use and that players need to exercise extreme caution regarding the use of any dietary supplement. No guarantee can be given that any particular supplement, including vitamins, minerals, ergogenic aids or herbal remedies are totally free from prohibited substances.