Spreading the Keep Rugby Clean message
By Frankie Deges
The second match day of the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in the Chilean capital of Santiago also doubled as Keep Rugby Clean Day, something held at every age-grade tournament as part of the International Rugby Board’s anti-doping programme.
Everyone involved with the inaugural tournament – from the 208 players to the referees, ball boys, medical and tournament staff – wore the special t-shirts emblazoned with the Keep Rugby Clean message at the two venues in Santiago.
In doing so they all acknowledged the IRB’s Keep Rugby Clean programme, the players having received the t-shirts after scoring a minimum of eight out of 10 when completing a computer quiz on anti-doping a few days earlier.
The players all happily wore the t-shirts, ensuring that the big crowd at the San Carlos de Apoquindo ground of the Universidad Católica and those at the Stade Français Club noticed how important the Keep Rugby Clean message is to those involved in the game.
“This promotion is very important for the IRB and the fact that is was such a noticeable and successful campaign ensured we got the message across,” said IRB Anti-Doping Coordinator Ilaria Baudo, who had distributed 600 Keep Rugby Clean t-shirts.
Every team has been tested in and out of competition during the inaugural IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, the winner of which will be crowned on Sunday 27 April and also promoted to the IRB Junior World Championship for 2009.