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Wasps hooker Ashley Johnson has been suspended for six months for a violation of World Rugby’s Anti-Doping Regulations.

On 7 February 2018, Mr Johnson gave a sample which tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a banned diuretic.  At a hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel in London on 12 July 2018, Mr Johnson successfully established that the positive test was the result of his having accidentally consumed his wife’s “fat burner” called “the Secret”, believing it to be his own legitimate supplement. The Secret was subsequently discovered to be contaminated with hydrochlorothiazide. The Panel found that whilst Mr Johnson had acted carelessly, he was not significantly at fault “in the purposive sense” which it found the WADA Code to require (paras 40-43).  The Panel imposed a suspension of six months, backdated to the date of sample collection.  Mr Johnson will therefore be free to play again from 8 August 2018.

James Segan represented the RFU and Adam Lewis QC represented Mr Johnson.

Click here for a copy of the decision.