Drugs and alcohol

Responsible Drinking Policy | Alcohol in a team environment | Keeping Rugby Clean

New Zealand Rugby works with Provincial Unions and Franchises, the Rugby Players Association, professional development managers and directly with national teams to ensure staff and players have the education and support they need to better understand a variety of risks, including considering opportunities to promote sensible drinking within rugby.

Working with commercial partners, sporting associations and other stakeholders to identify ways in which rugby, and sport, can play a stronger role in the wider educational and community initiatives promoting responsible drinking is an on-going commitment for New Zealand Rugby.

Responsible Drinking Policy

New Zealand Rugby has a detailed Responsible Drinking Policy to ensure that use of alcohol at the New Zealand Rugby locations remains consistent with the organisation being a Safe, Social, and Professional environment. Additionally, also Rsponsible Host Policy and Events Standard Operating Policy ensure use of alcohol at New Zealand Rugby hosted events remains consistent with being a Safe, Social, and Professional environment.

Alcohol in a team environment

The NZRU works with specialist providers to facilitate an education programme for professional Investec Super Rugby players in their first year. This includes a detailed module on responsible use of alcohol and drugs. Additionally, there are alcohol related components to the players’ performance plans.

While generally able to enjoy alcohol in moderation in a team environment, players are regularly reminded of their responsibility to the Black Jersey and the responsibility that goes with this.

Keeping Rugby Clean

New Zealand Rugby supports Keep Rugby Clean, the International Rugby Board’s Anti-Doping educational programme.

The campaign has already played a central role in the fight against drugs cheats in Rugby since its launch in 2005, with over 6,000 of the world’s top players having participated in the interactive sessions run by the IRB at its Tournaments around the world. Promotions have successfully run at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, IRB Junior World Championship, IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, IRB Nations Cup, HSBC Sevens World Series, Women’s Rugby World Cup and Rugby World Cup Sevens and have proven highly successful in educating players about the dangers of doping through a combination of a free-to-use interactive website and hands on workshops.

For more information check out Keep Rugby Clean   

Keep Rugby Clean