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.

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  1. I don’t read to much into this. Reports say it was medication used for recovery and they have clearance certificates to use the meds. Let’s wait and see.

  2. Yeah right! TUEs are used systemically to enhance performance – just look at the data from the hack on medical records of Olympic athletes. It is also something the Boks use extensively – I remember a report from France where the Bok team doctor delivered a whole FILE of TUEs during a tour, to ensure that these were not flagged during tests. Quite interesting that these TUE medicine are not used during the off season, but suddenly administered just before games (e.g. Wiggens for UK did not use any asthma treatment during the year, but then just before the Tour de France suddenly needed some drugs to treat his asthma.
    We have not seen the full story…

  3. I would prefer investigation into NZ holding at rucks and other loose play malfeasance.
    Puff Hansen is a mafia boss

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