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Boks' duo waiting on drugs verdict England's Hartley

Published 26/01/2011 | 05:00

The judicial committee investigating the anti-doping charges against South Africa duo Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson has reserved its judgment after hearing evidence from both players in Cape Town yesterday.

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Hooker Ralepelle and wing Basson tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine after the Springboks' 23-21 win over Ireland in November and were sent home from the tour of Britain and Ireland.

Their 'B' samples later also tested positive. The pair were immediately suspended by the IRB and banned from all rugby activities.

Saints confirm Ulster tie at Milton Keynes

Northampton Saints have confirmed that they will play their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster in Milton Keynes.

The Saints had hoped to keep the fixture at their Franklin's Gardens home, but the ground's 13,591 capacity falls below European Rugby Cup's 15,000 threshold for a last-eight tie.

The Premiership club looked at temporarily increasing the capacity of their home, but it would not bring it up to 15,000 so the decision was taken to move to the MK Dons ground, holding 21,500.

Rautenbach faces stamping hearing

London Irish prop Faan Rautenbach has been cited for allegedly stamping on the head and shoulder of Munster's Ireland flanker David Wallace.

Rautenbach was yellow-carded following the incident during a Heineken Cup clash between the teams in Limerick last Saturday.

But citing commissioner Francois Guers has now made a complaint against Rautenbach, with the case to be heard tomorrow.

Toulouse's Florian Fritz will appear before the same disciplinary panel after being sent off in Sunday's 21-16 defeat by Wasps. Fritz was shown a red card for his spear tackle on Tom Varndell and later became the subject of a misconduct complaint. Fritz is alleged to have made an offensive hand gesture towards spectators as he left the pitch.

Gatland has a pop at

England's Hartley

Wales coach Warren Gatland has fired a verbal broadside at England hooker Dylan Hartley ahead of next week's Six Nations opener in Cardiff.

"England's (line-out) imploded a little bit against South Africa, and a couple of weeks ago I saw Hartley go to pieces (for Northampton) against Leicester," said Gatland. "He's always got a lot to say, hasn't he? Let's see what he has got to offer and how he fronts up against us."

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