Monday 27 January 2020

'He told you so': Paul Kimmage reacts to alleged 'adverse findings' in ex-All Blacks stars' drug tests Newsdesk Newsdesk

There were some shocking allegations published in France last night, with newspaper L'Equipe reporting that Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff had 'traces of corticosteroids' in their urine samples following their French league final win with Racing 92 over Toulon.

The paper claimed that the trio didn't have the necessary therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), which would have allowed them to take prescribed medicines during the season, although that claim has been disputed - albeit in contradicting explanations - by Carter's manager Simon Porter and Racing 92.

Read more: 'A TUE was not required': Racing 92 and Dan Carter's agent offer contrasting explanations for 'adverse' drug test findings

"We have been aware of the issue for a few weeks," Porter said, quoted in the New Zealand Herald. "Our understanding and assurances we've had are all the documents around TUEs were in place."

Porter added that the two players were relatively "relaxed" because they were confident the Racing club doctor had filled in the necessary documents.

Carter was receiving medication for a calf injury, Porter said, while Rokocoko was recovering from a knee problem.

Carter was named man of the match in Racing's 29-21 victory over Toulon at Barcelona's Nou Camp on June 24.

However, in a statement released this morning, Racing said that the medical treatment given to the players was done in with 'full respect of national and international anti-doping rules, both in terms of administrative procedures and medical', while adding that a TUE was not required.

Sunday Independent journalist Paul Kimmage, who has been vocal about - in his view - the increased 'medicalisation of rugby', tweeted out a link to an article he did on the subject with former French prop Laurent Benezech, where a culture of drugs in French rugby was described.

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