The problem of steroids in rugby is pretty widespread. Rather than looking into the number of players who use steroids, it is a good idea to look at the number of players who do not use steroids. The problem is so widespread that you can assume that a lot of rugby players actually use steroids.
Just to give you a general idea, out of the 52 sports people who are banned in the UK for using steroids, 16 are from rugby. That is how widespread the problem is.
Part of the problem is also due to the fact that authorities do not take the menace of a steroid abuse seriously. A good example of this is that in the UK, there was no is testing introduced for the 17 and 18-year-old academy players who played rugby. It was only introduced in 2014. Also, then as well the number of total test which was conducted was around 100. The ideal age for the test to start at is around 15 years of age. Also, authorities need to make it more extensive so that the players go through a better test.
Many of the players justify the use of steroids by thinking that since most of the players are using it, the level playing field is not disturbed. However, the truth is that in addition to the level playing field, another problem of using steroids is the fact that the long-term side effects of steroids are plenty. Due to this very reason, after the athletes stop playing the sport, they suffer from a lot of different side effects.
In the United States as well, the problem is pretty widespread. Currently, organizations like Tyler Hooton foundation have initiated the steps to raise the awareness about performance-enhancing drugs having steroids. This has been done to alert the players about the side effects of steroids.
The problem with rugby is that the problem is so widespread that even the leading voices in the sport do not raise a voice against it. At the most, most of the veteran players would recognize that there is a problem but hardly anyone would speak out in the open regarding the problem of steroids in rugby.
One of the decisions which were taken in the sport of rugby was to ban Russia in the Rio Olympics for the extensive use of steroids by its rugby team. However, the actions need to be much more stringent than those in order to discourage the steroid culture in rugby players all over the world.