Decision: Rugby Football Union v Michael Lowis

Decision: Rugby Football Union v Michael Lowis

A decision in the case of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) v Michael Lowis has been published by the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).

Michael Lowis, a 40-year-old Rugby player with Clevedon RFC, has been suspended for a period of 4 (four) years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) of World Rugby Regulation 21.2.1.

The sample that Mr Lowis provided was analysed and tested positive for the presence of prohibited substances, Drostanolone and Trenbolone (metabolite 17-epitrenbolone).

The player failed to demonstrate that his conduct was not “intentional” and to discharge the burden of establishing any basis upon which the period of ineligibility may be reduced.  

Mr Lowis’ period of ineligibility will run from 10 April 2017 - the date his provisional suspension commenced - until midnight on 9 April 2021.   

The full NADP Decision can be accessed via the related links tab on the right-hand side.

The National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) is the United Kingdom’s independent tribunal responsible for adjudicating anti-doping disputes in sport. It is operated by Sport Resolutions and is entirely independent of UK Anti-Doping and the RFU, who are responsible for investigating, charging and prosecuting cases before the NADP.