We are committed to keeping rugby drug-free and fair for everybody. In partnership with Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) we support our players to perform without the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods, and report any suspicious activity.

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year, showing all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:

  • It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • It violates the spirit of sport

As well as supporting the work of the New Zealand Sports Anti-Doping agency and its international partners, New Zealand Rugby supports Keep Rugby Clean, an international initiative aimed at keeping rugby free of drugs and doping.

View the List of Anti-Doping decisions


Many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.To check whether a medication is permitted in sport, please visit the Medication Check page on the DFSNZ website.

Athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they need to take medication which is prohibited in sport. 


There are many dietary or sports supplements on the market that claim to improve performance, recovery, weight loss or muscle development. Some of these supplements can contain substances which are prohibited in sport and may not accurately label ingredients. Athletes should carefully assess their need for supplements and carefully research the supplements they choose to take. 


New Zealand Rugby is involved in the development and distribution of rugby-related rules and regulations.