All six teams competing in the Six Nations Under-20s showed their support of World Rugby’s Keep Rugby Clean message ahead of Round 4 of the Championship.
Keep Rugby Clean Day, which is being conducted in partnership with the Six Nations, promotes doping free rugby, competing clean and fair, and upholding rugby’s core values.
England, Wales, France, Italy, Ireland and Scotland united behind the anti-doping message by wearing pink T-shirts which highlighted the campaign while training before their games.
The World Rugby initiative aims to support players and participants with high quality education, promote good ethics within the game, and help develop informed and honest players.
Players have been supported with anti-doping education in the lead up to the Championship, ensuring players are well-informed on key anti-doping issues like safe nutrition and doping risks.
U20 players are a key target audience for World Rugby’s anti-doping message. By educating them to learn good habits and avoid costly mistakes at an early age, the next generation of stars can go on to become role models, championing the anti-doping cause.
“With the 2021 Six Nations Under-20s taking place in Cardiff, it gives the squad a good opportunity to send a clear message to those watching that we support clean sport and fair competition in rugby,” said Wales Under-20s captain Alex Mann.
“We were fortunate to be provided with education ahead of the Championship, and as young players we need to know the right questions to ask and take responsibility for what we put into our bodies.”