doping: saru to investigate failed tests

2010-12-14 00:00

THE failed drug tests on Springboks Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson have been confirmed and the SA Rugby Union said yesterday they will appoint an anti-doping tribunal to investigate the findings.

Blue Bulls hooker Ralepelle and Griqua wing Basson failed a drug test following the Test between the Springboks and Ireland in Dublin on November 6.

It was found that they had taken the prohibited stimulant methylhexaneamine and they were sent home. They were the only Springboks tested on the day and there was an understandable fear at the time that the rest of the squad might also have the banned substance in their system.

Team doctor Craig Roberts confirmed that both players were on regular medication for flu symptoms, but there was also concern that the squad’s energy drinks may have been the problem.

Both players asked for their ‘B’ sample to be tested, which confirmed the original findings in Dublin.

The players are not contesting the testing procedures or related matters under the 2010 Autumn Internationals Anti-Doping Programme and the investigation and hearing will now be conducted in South Africa.

Investigations are continuing, Saru said yesterday, and a date for the hearing, and the composition of the tribunal, will be announced once these are complete.

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