Sunday 25 June 2017

Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff must appear in front of French Anti-Doping Agency over corticosteroid tests

Dan Carter. Photo: Getty Images
Dan Carter. Photo: Getty Images
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Racing 92 trio Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff have been order to appear before the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) over the use of corticosteroids.

All three had tested positive for corticosteroids following last season's Top 14 final in which Racing beat Toulon 29-21.

French TV channel Canal+ claimed Carter's corticosteroid readings after the game showed 81 nanogrammes per millilitre, with 49 for Rokocoko and 31 for Imhoff, while the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has set a limit of 30.

They were subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by the medical commission of the French Rugby Federation (FFR).

The AFLD, however, has summoned the trio to appear at hearings - the dates of which are yet to be unveiled.

AFLD president Bruno Genevois told AFP that the dossier would be reviewed for a "possible revision of the decision" made by the FFR's medical commission.

Former France and Toulon coach and newly appointed FFR president Bernard Laporte played down the summons and claimed AFLD were well within their rights to investigate.

"It's not because they think there's a fault," he said. "On the contrary, the more transparency there is, the better.

"They're doing their job, they have the right to check. You can't be scared of that. At Toulon, we were tested six times in one year.

"We have nothing to hide. They'll get to the bottom of things.

"They want to delve deeper, end of story. If they do it, it's because they have their reason."

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