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Munster Rugby and IRFU Statement

20th April 2020 By The Editor

Munster Rugby and IRFU Statement

Following on from the EPCR disciplinary decision in relation to James Cronin, the IRFU can confirm they have completed their own review of the matter, in line with existing procedures for all contracted players.

Read the disciplinary decision here.

The findings conclude that the sanction imposed by EPCR is sufficient in this case due to the strong mitigating circumstances.

Speaking about the news, Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan said, “This has been an extremely challenging time for James and the province, and we are glad it has reached its conclusion.  We have treated this matter with the utmost seriousness, and as always Munster Rugby and Irish Rugby are fully supportive of all Sporting Ireland, WADA and World Rugby anti-doping policies.

“In protecting the integrity of our player, the organisation, and the sport, I can assure you that this unintentional anti-doping rule violation is as a result of exceptional circumstances due to a third-party dispensing error by a pharmacy.  Clearly the sanction is reflective of the strong mitigating factors in this case, and we look forward to James’ return to action.”

Irish Rugby’s player education programmes will reflect learnings from this exceptional case.


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