Former All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko gave drug tests which showed “anomalies” before this year’s Top 14 final, says French newspaper L’Equipe. The BBC reports.
But the New Zealand pair’s manager says both had therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) – giving them permission to take prescribed medicines.
Simon Porter told the New Zealand Herald: “We have been aware of the issue for a few weeks. Our understanding and assurances we’ve had are all the documents around TUEs were in place.”
Fly-half Carter, 34, and winger Rokocoko, 33, scored 20 points between them as Racing Metro beat Toulon 29-21 in the June final.
L’Equipe says all players were tested by France’s national anti-doping agency before the final and urine samples from the two revealed traces of corticosteroids.
The newspaper also names a third player.
But Porter is quoted as saying the players were “relaxed” about the reports.
Carter, man of the match in the Top 14 final, played 112 Tests for New Zealand and was part of the All Blacks side which won the Rugby World Cup a year ago.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
Rokocoko scored 46 tries in 68 Tests between 2003 and 2010.
Juan Imhoff is also on the list as the Argentine also showed anomalies.