Sean Goodfellow banned for four years for anti-doping violation

Jed-Forest scrum-half suspended for “evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection” last August

Sean Goodfellow in action for Jed-Forest against Glasgow Hawks in the 2018 Premiership promotion play-off. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

FORMER Jed-Forest, Hawick and South of Scotland scrum-half Sean Goodfellow has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The 28-year-old was sanctioned by a UK Anti Doping [UKAD] arbitral tribunal for “evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection” on 2nd August 2018. He has been banned until 1st January 2023.

“A Doping Control Officer from UKAD called at the home of the Respondent at around 0630 for the purpose of carrying out Sample Collection (taking a Sample of the Respondent’s urine in controlled conditions in order that it be later analysed in laboratory conditions to identify the presence of any Prohibited Substance(s)),” the ruling stated.

“The Respondent was present but declined to take part in Sample Collection on the stated basis that he was not registered with the SRU to play rugby in Season 2019-2020 and that he had to get to his work and had insufficient time to take part in Sample Collection.


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“Later checking with the SRU identified that, in fact, the Respondent was registered at the SRU as a player with his club in Scotland, that there was no break in his registration status and that his registration rendered him subject to the ADR, as described above.

“This included being bound to submit, including on 02 August 2018, amongst other requirements, to Out of Competition, Sample Collection as and when required to do so by UKAD.”

“The provisional suspension of the Respondent was effective from 02 January 2019. Accordingly, his period of Ineligibility for having committed the admitted ADRV extends from 02 January 2019 until midnight on 01 January 2023 (inclusive).”

A spokesperson for Jed explained that while Goodfellow was not a member of the playing squad when he failed to give the sample but had not yet been re-registered.

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Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr James Robson, said: “At Scottish Rugby we take a very strong line on anti-doping, our position is that of UK Anti-Doping and WADA – 100% ME – it’s the athlete’s responsibility to ensure clean, fair sport at all times.

“We have a robust process in place for those who try to by-pass the anti-doping rules.”

A Scottish Rugby spokesperson added: “Scottish Rugby is committed to the fight against doping to protect the integrity of the game.

“As a governing body, we have an extensive education programme for players, at all levels, on the consequences of taking banned substances, from both a health and sporting perspective, and adhering to the rules of testing.

“We welcome Sean Goodfellow’s ban as it serves as a timely reminder to all players that they have a responsibility to adhere to the anti-doping code.”

In an unrelated case, Jed flanker Blake Roff received a two year worldwide ban in March of this year after being found guilty by a judicial committee in his native New Zealand of purchasing Clenbuterol (which is a banned substance under World Anti-Doping Regulations except with a valid therapeutic use exemption). The offence occurred in December 2014, before the player moved to Scotland.


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David Barnes
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