The curious nature of how Munster prop James Cronin came to be in possession of the banned substance that led to his failed test has hogged the focus in the week since details of his hearing were released, but it appears the length and timing of his ban are what's coming under scrutiny as Sport Ireland review his case.
Certainly, when it was put to chief executive John Treacy that a one-month ban scheduled for a period where there is no rugby taking place would appear to be "lenient", he did not disagree.
Furthermore, he later emphasised that an athlete must be aware of what he or she is putting into their system at all times.
Sport Ireland, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and World Rugby are currently considering whether to appeal Cronin's one-month ban for an unintentional anti-doping violation last November. They have a 21-day window to decide.
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Cronin tested positive for two banned corticosteroids after Munster's draw with Racing 92. Last week, he received his punishment having satisfied an independent judicial official appointed by European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) that he bore a low level of fault after providing evidence of a pharmacy error that led to him receiving the banned substance Prednesol as well as a prescribed antibiotic.
He took the drug on the eve of and morning of the match and came on as a second-half substitute.
Yesterday, Sport Ireland released their annual anti-doping report and, while Cronin's name did not feature in the document, it wasn't long before his name came up in the video-conference with Treacy and Dr Una May.
"We're reviewing this particular case," Treacy said. "Obviously we would highlight today that every athlete taking any substance should check the website.
"All that information is out there, it's available at your finger-tips. If you're a professional or amateur athlete competing in international sport where testing is being carried out, then you should check the medication."
Asked if he felt the ban was lenient, Treacy said: "That is the case, that's why we're reviewing it."
Rugby players are now the second-most tested athletes in Ireland behind cyclists, while rugby accounted for more therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) than any other sport in Ireland last year.
Sport Ireland carried out 196 tests on rugby players in 2019, 121 of which took place outside of competition windows. Nine of the 42 TUEs granted in 2019 were for rugby players.
A TUE allows an athlete to use a prohibited substance or method that is included on the WADA Prohibited List, subject to certain defined conditions.
Asked why cycling, rugby and athletics attracted the most attention from testers, Treacy said they are "high-risk sports".
Although players playing schools rugby are not yet tested, boys as young as 17 are now being tested when playing representative rugby at U-17, U-18 and Academy level.
Rugby should welcome that sort of scrutiny, because the sport has a perception battle on its hands.
It can point to a low number of positive tests and the IRFU can boast a zero tolerance policy on the issue, but a series of damaging chapters at home and abroad have eroded faith in the sport's attitude to doping.
South Africa's march to the World Cup last year came against the back-drop of Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi's failed test months out from the tournament and fears over widespread steroid use in that country's school game.
According to the UK Anti-Doping, a 2019 study found more rugby union players are serving doping bans than any other sport.
Given the circumstances, Cronin's unfortunate case belongs in a different bracket but again it shines a light on the sport.
The only way to improve the perception of the sport's attitude to doping is through transparency. Further scrutiny should be welcomed.