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    </h1><h1>Rugby Union players are exonerated while cyclists take the blame. How is that fair?</h1>

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    Cyclists and athletes continue to be typecast as drug users while rugby union
    ignores a growing issue, writes Brendan Gallagher.

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    Innocent: Chiliboy Ralepelle has been cleared to play rugby union again following a failed drug test</span>Photo: EPA</span></div>
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    So let's get this absolutely right.
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    Springboks Bjorn Basson and Chiliboy Ralepelle have been let off and totally
    absolved of all blame by the South African Rugby Union after testing
    positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine last autumn but Alberto
    Contador faces a long ban after he tested positive for Clenbuterol.
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    Their defences were essentially the same. The Boks duo tested positive because
    the methylhexaneamine was present in supplements given to them before the
    Ireland game, a supplement approved by the Springbok managment and used with
    some regularity over the last couple of seasons. So that's all right then.
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    Disregarding the question as to exactly why a player would need a supplement
    so close to any game, the SARU Disciplinary committee argue that their
    players cannot in anyway be held responsible for the accidental appearance
    in their bodies of the banned drug. So that's all right then.
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    The soothing words of SARU chief executive Jurie Roux almost are worth
    repeating and will infuriate many: "This verdict completely quashes any
    idea that either the players or the team were guilty of any attempt to
    cheat. No responsibility attaches to the players at all.
    </div>"The banned stimulant was in a supplement given to the players in a
    warm-up before the Test against Ireland and is a product that has been used
    by the Springboks before without any adverse analytical findings.
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    "I am most sorry that the players have had to endure the stress and
    stigma attached to a failed dope test. Hopefully this verdict will have laid
    to rest any idea of any wrongdoing on their part."




    Meanwhile the much maligned and demonised Contador is using the same line of
    defence with, indeed, a rather more plausible argument in my opinion, that
    the clenbuterol was present in the imported meat from Spain he ate on that
    fateful night in Pau last July. At least there is a long uncontested case
    history of suchlike cases with clenbuterol around the world.




    The difference of course is that rugby union, which always rejects claims that
    the sport has any sort of drug culture, has failed to act or even
    acknowledge a potential problem while cycling, which is typecast along with
    athletics as the baddies of world sport and the haven of all druggies, has
    acted time and time again in recent years to eradicate the curse and has
    taken testing and disciplinary action to new levels.




    Sport evidently feels the need for a couple of whipping boys when it comes to
    drugs and cycling and athletics are the appointed victims.




    That's the status quo but in the long run that approach will massively
    backfire. It's time for others to get serious.



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    The silence is deafening Magsy. Serious issues and we'd be fools to take the notion that rugby ain't affected. Thanks for posting
    Gwan Joe!!

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      #3
      You're right ustix, only a fool could believe rugby is drug free. It seems guys get dropped for a while as a punishment rather than banned.

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        Maybe the silence is as a result of the time and day or that it was discussed at length in the past?


        I think there's plenty of it in the game. I know of a few for certain. I couldn't testify to the extent of it though. I would say on a par with other sports where physicallity is a big part of it.
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          #5
          Maybe so
          Gwan Joe!!

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            Think I read somewhere that rugby drug testing only happens in season. Is this correct?


            Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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              #7
              I don't know but if so it says it all on the matter
              Gwan Joe!!

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                #8
                Pretty sure I recollect the same, McC - testing only takes place in season.
                Tis but a scratch.

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                  #9
                  Chiliboy sounds like he should be in the Wire, or at least Love/Hate!! up to his eyeballs if his name is anything to go by
                  "They think they know us, but they haven't a clue"

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                    Originally posted by Point
                    You're right ustix, only a fool could believe
                    rugby is drug free. It seems guys get dropped for a while as a
                    punishment rather than banned.
                    Rife at AIL level. God knows what the professional ranks are
                    like.
                    I always knew Madigan was a closet Scrum Half. Ignore All things that suggest Continuity.

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                      #11

                      Originally posted by The Outlaw
                      Originally posted by Point
                      You're right ustix, only a fool could believe

                      rugby is drug free. It seems guys get dropped for a while as a

                      punishment rather than banned.


                      Rife at AIL level. God knows what the professional ranks are

                      like.
                      rife at schools level too, read a book once where it was mentioned!!
                      think it was Paul Howard who wrote it......
                      "They think they know us, but they haven't a clue"

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                        Originally posted by lactose intolerant
                        Chiliboy sounds like he should be in the Wire, or at least Love/Hate!! up to his eyeballs if his name is anything to go by
                        You got the bug.

                        Pandemic!!!!

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                          #13

                          Originally posted by Tobyglen
                          Originally posted by lactose intolerant
                          Chiliboy sounds like he should be in the Wire, or at least Love/Hate!! up to his eyeballs if his name is anything to go by
                          You got the bug.

                          Pandemic!!!!
                          say what now?
                          "They think they know us, but they haven't a clue"

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by mr chips
                            Pretty sure I recollect the same, McC -
                            testing only takes place in season.
                            came out when the Bath players got into trouble that out of
                            season was out of the ordinary - that was apparently the
                            reason they didn't want to take the tests

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                              #15
                              As much as I'd like to not believe Outlaw's "rife" comment I'd imagine it's true. A mate of mine who played schools rugby in 1995 (yes 15 years ago!) said he knew of lads on his team using steroids, so you can only imagine what it's like now...
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