Just 1 failed dope test at RWC

2011-12-07 19:59

Dublin - The International Rugby Board (IRB) says only one player tested positive for doping during the World Cup in New Zealand.

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The player, whose name or team was undisclosed, has been provisionally suspended by the IRB until the outcome of a hearing.

The world governing body says the player tested positive for a banned painkiller following a match in the final round of the pool phase. His team failed to progress to the knockout stage.

Japan flyhalf Ryohei Yamanaka was banned for two years and Russia prop Evgeny Pronenko for six months for failing doping tests before the September 9-October 23 tournament, which was won by hosts New Zealand when they defeated France 8-7 in the final.

The IRB conducted a total of 216 urine and 76 blood samples during the tournament, an increase of 80 from the 2007 World Cup.


  • andre.badenhorst - 2011-12-08 07:42

    Whether you like it or not, no matter what you say....for the next 4 years the AB's will be the world champs. Now that that has been settled, let's be big little boys and move on already!!!

  • Yuri - 2011-12-08 09:06

    @sam...congrats to the all blacks. they deserve it. the boks will get their chance again and they will take it...looking forward to thrashing your weak team in the cricket series though...then, drinks will be on me.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-12-08 09:39

      That's the spirit Yuri, here's a question that's baffled me/us, why do saffas consider themselves as chokers regarding cricket when you're not the best at it let alone any sport? Would you consider that arrogant or simply ignorant? Seriously now, SA aren't considered the best at anything let alone rugby or cricket, why consider yourselves as chokers when you're clearly not the best? ARROGANCE per chance or just dumb?

  • Johan - 2011-12-08 10:43

    mmm you guys do know this article is about doping right ??

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-12-08 11:01

      Yeah man, you should try our Té Puke thunder, I'm selling ounces for $280.....absolute bargin, be quick or sick or just pick up the ball and run forest. Drugs are for losers, weed isn't just weed, it's a scurge

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