Rugby rocked by two failed drug tests

South Africa players Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson have failed drug tests and have been suspended and sent home.

It was confirmed that ‘following random in-competition anti-doping testing during the Autumn Internationals, ‘A’ samples provided by two players have returned adverse analytical findings for the prohibited substance, methylhexaneamine.’

There is a concern that the whole squad may have inadvertently taken the drug if it was contained in their energy drink, which has been sent for testing, although the Boks’ doctor said that the players had been on medication for flu symptoms.

Nobody likes to see the sport tarnished with this sort of story, so hopefully it will be resolved very quickly, and that it is just an honest mistake rather than any deliberate cheating.

9 thoughts on “Rugby rocked by two failed drug tests

  1. I read that this is the same drug that snagged a fair few Commonwealth Games athletes recently. What does it actually do? When someone gets caught like this, is it usually just because they’re taking a supplement that they aren’t aware is on the banned list? Why is something like this banned and supplements like creatine or weight-stripping supplements are not?

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