World Rugby is cracking down on young players taking nutritional supplements 6 years ago

World Rugby is cracking down on young players taking nutritional supplements

Take supplements, take a risk.

That is the new maxim, unveiled by World Rugby today, as it warns 'young players about the potential risks associated with using nutritional supplements to increase size or improve performance'.

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The sporting body is recognising that supplement use is now a reality across age grades and is running a programme to offer advice and education to young rugby players.

This video, featuring Leinster and Argentina legend Felipe Contepomi, has been released as part of Keep Rugby Clean Day at the Junior World Championships, currently taking place in Italy.

Contepomi says, 'Players at all levels of the game should understand that if they are thinking about taking nutritional supplements, they need to know the potential risk of doping and possible long-term health risks associated with taking them.

'It is absolutely possible to perform to your best at any level of the game through maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, good training and good rest. I encourage everyone to think seriously about this.'