Tuesday 22 October 2019

Springbok coach defends South African rugby's record after Dyanti's positive drugs test

The failed drugs test of South Africa’s Aphiwe Dyantyi has highlighted the issue of doping. Photo: Getty Images
The failed drugs test of South Africa’s Aphiwe Dyantyi has highlighted the issue of doping. Photo: Getty Images

Rúaidhri O'Connor

South Africa forwards coach Matt Proudfoot says his team are subjected to "serious testing" as the team continue to deal with the fall out of winger Aphiwe Dyanti's positive drugs test.

The Springboks are preparing for the opening match of the World Cup at their team base at Disneyland, but the absence of their rising star continues to loom large over their preparations.

Dyante, named World Rugby's Rising Star last year, could face a potential four-year ban after both his A and B urine samples tested positive for multiple anabolic steroids and metabolites last month.

"I'm a forwards coach mate, that's something for administrators to answer on," Proudfoot said when asked about the issue.

"I wouldn't be able to answer that question; I don't have the information to answer that question.

"If you ask me something about the game specifically I can answer that, but that's for administrators."

Proudfoot was then asked about the potential damage the failed test and other cases of a similar nature have had on South African rugby, Proudfoot defended his country's team.

"I think the image of South African rugby is portrayed about what you see on the field.

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"We're a competitive nation.

"If you look at from our Sevens team competing on the world stage, our junior side third in the world, the Springboks competing well, the women's team too.

"So that's the image of SA rugby that needs to be attained. Of course doping in sport is something that needs to be continually addressed.

"We are tested weekly, probably six to eight players are tested on an off-day every week prior to the camps that we've been on, right the way through the Super Rugby Championship

"If you ask me about scrums and lineouts and the game against New Zealand I could comment on that, but I'm not someone who gathers data, we have a serious medical team in place in SA rugby that monitors that.

"Serious testing is done of this team, and that's the team I'm responsible for."

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