Four-year ban for player after steroids package seized

World Rugby used the recent RWC to promote a message of 'Keep Rugby Clean' (Photo by Matt Lewis - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

A rugby union player has been given a four-year ban after admitting the attempted use of anabolic steroids.

Dan Lancaster, who is registered with Midlands League club Cleethorpes, was charged by the Rugby Football Union after 300 ampoules - equivalent to a year's supply - of testapron testosterone propionate, which is a commercial name for anabolic steroids, were seized at the UK border last April.

The package arrived from Singapore addressed to Lancaster in Lincolnshire, according to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

Lancaster, who told a hearing that he had retired from rugby at the time and was using the steroids for body-building, was initially given a three-and-a-half-year ban by a panel convened by the RFU due to his prompt admission.

However, the ban was increased to four years earlier this month following an appeal by UKAD and Lancaster is suspended from all sport until midnight on June 4, 2019.

UKAD director of operations Pat Myhill said: "The Lancaster case highlights how important our work with law enforcement partners has become.

"Through our close working relationships with UK Borders and local police forces, we are able to deter and prevent doping through the interception of packages, stemming the supply of prohibited substances into the UK.

"The ease of access to substances through the internet is a major concern for UKAD. All too often we see sports people and members of the public purchasing substances online with no idea of what the substances contain. Not only does it pose a huge risk to clean sport, but a very significant risk to public health."