The Springboks have had to contend with drama around Elton Jantjies and now this – shocking reports of players apparently testing positive for cocaine!
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SA Rugby has had their work cut out for them this week.
First, Jantjies was all over the media after reports emerged stating that he had an affair with the Bok dietician, Zeenat Simjee. Now, this story seems to be overshadowed by one of the most shocking and explosive reports in Bok history. Claiming drug abuse in the Bok camp.
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SHOCKING REPORTS OF POSITIVE COCAINE TESTS IN BOK CAMP
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Rapport, the same publication that broke the shocking Jantjies story is making headlines yet again. Even bigger and badder headlines this time around.
According to SARugbyMag, the Rapport is ready to publish a story alleging that several Bok stars have tested positive for the use of Cocaine. However, SA Rugby is quic to shut out these claims. In fact, they are taking these claims so seriously that they are seeking a legal interdict to shut down the story altogether.
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According to SA Rugby, these claims have no foundation whatsoever. Therefore, there is no fact and this story should not be published.
Such claims can tarnish the careers and reputations of the Bok players, reaching a global audience. They are sensationalist, extreme and without fact. If they are still published by Rapport then they may have an incredible legal case on their hands.
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Even the recent Jantjies story resulted in Simjee denying these claims completely, as reported by The South African.
SA Rugby has responded professionally, calmly and efficiently to these shocking claims.
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SA RUGBY’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT:
SA Rugby is aware that unsubstantiated allegations of failed tests for recreational drugs by Springbok players are circulating among members of the media.
Disappointingly, these allegations have already appeared online despite the absence of any evidence to support them.
SA Rugby has consistently advised all inquiring media that no such reports have been received by SA Rugby or any player from the only authority permitted to perform such tests, the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport. SA Rugby does not conduct its own tests.
Despite the absence of any such reports, players and management in Argentina have been contacted to “tell their story”, distracting and destabilizing the entire camp in the build-up today’s Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires.
SA Rugby wishes to repeat that it has no evidence of any adverse analytical findings for any kind of drug – be it performance enhancing or recreational – by Springbok players and regards the publication or the threat to publish such allegations as a deliberate attempt to sabotage the team’s preparations.
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Jacques Nienaber, Rassie Erasmus and the Springboks will have to put all this off-field drama aside as they aim to push New Zealand for the Rugby Championship title. The Boks will need a minumum of two bonus point victories back-to-back against Argentina and a substantial points differential in both matches.
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