All sports, including Rugby League, are governed by a set of anti-doping rules called the World Anti-Doping Code. It aims to harmonise the rules and regulations governing anti-doping for all participants, in all sports, throughout the world. SRL Anti-Doping Regulations comply with the code.

There are 11 Anti-Doping Rule Violations:

Anti-Doping Rule Violations Explained

Players must declare their retirement from the sport to Scotland RL to ensure that is recorded that player is no longer participating.

Should an individual return to the Sport at a later date, at any level (Professional, Elite Performance, Community) in whichever format (Running game, touch, wheelchair, masters PDRL etc.) the processed registration with signify that they are no longer in retirement and is an active participant once more and Subject to the Operational Rules. The player or Club does not need to notify anyone of their resumption within the Sport, their registration will be the sole indicator of their return. If a player intends to rely upon their retirement as a reason for non-compliance to RFL Operational Rules, they must retain evidence of the notification to the Club.

Professional and Community players should inform Scotland Rugby League or the RFL to ensure their retirement is logged on the registration system. Community Players should email: and Professional Players:

Community Players who do not follow this process will remain on the registration system as active for the remainder of the current season. Players who cease to be active within competition but remain on a Clubs register will still hold an active registration and still be subject to the Operational Rules including Anti-Doping Rules and the Betting Code.

If Players do not register for the current season, they will automatically be deemed to not be a registered player. However, this is not classed as retirement from the sport.