Former Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance for the third time.
In 2006, Ralepelle became the first black player to captain the Springboks in the match against a World XV in England, but the match did not have test status. He has also captained the Sharks in last year’s Currie Cup competition but has not yet played for them this year.
The alleged positive result followed a random drug test at Kings Park in Durban by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).
Saids were not prepared to confirm the player concerned or the alleged substance that was used but have informed SA Rugby and the Sharks of the player’s failed A-sample test.
The player’s name will not be made known before he has decided to exercise his right to have a B-sample tested. Only if that is also found to be positive will the name of the player and the substance concerned be made known.
♦ It must be emphasised that the first time Ralepelle tested positive, in 2010, he was found not to be at fault. Ralepelle and Bok wing Bjorn Basson tested positive for the substance methylhexanamine during a Springbok overseas tour.
They were however found not to be at fault as the substance was contained in Springbok-approved supplements.
♦ In June 2015 Ralepelle was found guilty of using a metabolite of an anabolic steroid, drostanolone.
It was the result of an out-of-competition doping control test taken 16 months earlier. He was at the time of the test recovering from an operation on an anterior cruciate ligament following a knee injury in France.
Ralepelle appealed the two-year sentence without success.
This time Ralepelle allegedly tested positive in January following a random drug test at Kings Park in Durban by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) at Kings Park.