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“When it comes to steroid abuse, we’re seeing at lower levels of the sport, with young boys in rugby, in rugby league, an increasing and worrying prevalence of steroid abuse,” said Sapstead, who took over as Ukad chief executive earlier this year.

“It is no longer about it being just a sports issue or an anti-doping issue, actually there’s a public health issue here and education and health have to get involved, too.”

Health professionals have also raised fears of a generation of gym-going teenagers who see taking steroids as a normal part of achieving their desired body shape.

The new chief executive of UK Anti-Doping has vowed to focus on an “increasing and worrying” explosion in teenage steroid use in sport and society, amid fears the Rugby World Cup in England could exacerbate the problem.

Nicole Sapstead said focusing on the increased use of steroids by aspiring athletes in rugby and other sports, or for body image reasons, would be at the heart of her tenure.

While praising the approach taken by World Rugby and the Rugby Football Union at the elite level, she said there was “something fundamentally wrong” with aspiring players as young as 14 turning to steroids to compete.

Of the last 15 doping violations punished by Ukad, 13 have been rugby union or league players. There are at least 50 doping bans, of which 28 are being served by British rugby players from either discipline – including Sam Chalmers, the son of the former Scotland and Lions fly-half Craig, who tested positive for two anabolic steroids at a Scotland Under-20 training session in May 2013.

“The use of anabolic steroids has exploded – look at our findings over the last year, it has increased dramatically. Steroids are now so easily accessible via the internet,” Sapstead said.

“Clearly, from a health perspective, this is dangerous stuff. We sometimes intercept packages and we can see that what somebody has thought they are buying is not what they are buying,” she added.

“And some of these underground labs are disgusting in terms of the conditions in which this stuff is made.

You just really are dicing with your health.”

Sapstead also said Ukad would look to work with the education and health sectors to educate young people about the dangers of steroid abuse. It called on parents to be vigilant about what their children were buying over the internet.

Debbie Jevans, the chief executive of England 2015 Rugby World Cup, also said education was key to dealing with the issue.

“Certainly in rugby as a sport it’s at the top of its agenda to ensure that it educates those coming up – as other sports are. The best way and the most healthy way is to train and train hard to be the best you can be and not try and short-circuit it because you may have health problems later on,” she said.

“What you do need to do is educate the athletes there because those athletes then become ambassadors and spokespeople".

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