Fiji to test for cannabis

The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) may institute random testing for marijuana after its star winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca tested positive and was banned for three months in France for cannabis use.

FRU chief executive Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua told Tuesday’s Fiji Times newspaper the testing regime could be in place before this year’s World Cup and would be allied to an education program warning players of the pitfalls of drug use.

Caucaunibuca tested positive for cannabis after a match between his club side, Agen, and Montauban on March 24 and has been suspended from the French club competition for three months. The penalty will not prevent him playing in the World Cup which begins in France on September 8.

Caucaunibuca, who was the top try-scorer in French rugby in 2005 and 2006, is the fourth Fijian international after Sevens representative Sireli Naqelevuki and fifteens stars Vilimoni Delasau and Viliama Satala to test positive for cannabis.

“We… will never condone players indulging in such habits,” Tavanavanua said.

“One way in which we can try and counter this is (to) have our own testing done here. That is an option we are looking at.

“We need an education program that will see players being educated about these issues.”

Sapa-AFP

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