Cape Town - South African lock Hendre Stassen has been relieved of his duties at French club Stade Francais after failing a doping test.
The 21-year-old former Bulls and Junior Springbok tested positive at a random screening in May.
Stade on Friday confirmed via their official website that Stassen's B-sample had also tested positive for a banned substance and immediately relieved the player of his duties.
The statement from the club read: "The results of the second urine test carried out on 18 July at the request of Hendre Stassen confirmed the result of the first sample.
"Given the approach and actions taken by the French Agency for the fight against doping and damage to the image of Stade Francais Paris, the club has initiated a procedure for breach of the contract of its player which has resulted his dismissal for serious misconduct.
"The club wishes to recall that it is fully committed to the fight against doping and that it is committed to exemplary flawlessness so that it cannot tolerate the slightest doubt about it.
"As a result, Hendre Stassen is no longer a player at Stade Francais Paris. No further statements will be made on this subject."
Stassen has been on Stade's books since 2018.
The Parisians are coached by former Springbok mentor Heyneke Meyer.
- Compiled by Herman Mostert