UK study finds that rugby has the highest percentage of players serving bans for doping

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The Rugby World Cup is just days away and every man, woman, and child knows what this means. Hours, upon hours of sporting content which is almost synonymous with time spent in the pub for the former. 

However, the dark side of such a sporting event is the sudden emergence of stereotypical rugby fans and the slight murmur of 'football' triggering such individuals.

Even outside of followers of rugby, the worst traits of professional footballers are generally seen as dishonesty when it comes to diving and tricking officials. 

Nonetheless, it appears that rugby, union and league, isn't as honest and gentlemanly as you might believe.

According to a recent UK study, a higher percentage of players from rugby union and league sides are currently banned in relation to doping than any other sport, and by some distance. 

The likes of boxing and cycling proceed rugby, and regarding football, it sits in sixth in regard to cases of doping within the sport. 

South African winger Aphiwe Dyantyi is an example of a very high profile case of doping which seems to still be prevalent within the professional game.

Dyantyi, who was recognised as World Rugby’s Breakthrough Player of the Year for 2018, will not be travelling to Japan with the Springboks due to the doping scandal.

In fact, after testing positive for the banned substance, Dyantyi received a four-year ban, but it's been confirmed that the South African winger is contesting against the results. 

Furthermore, here in this country, it was revealed during the 2017/18 season that there were five cases of anti-doping in professional and community rugby after 800 tests being carried out.

From the outside at least, there appears to be a doping culture within the sport of rugby, with the main objective to increase and maximise the potential of the body and the individual which can, unfortunately, leave harmful effects on one's body. 

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