Former South Africa captain banned for two years

Chiliboy Ralapelle starts for the Sharks

Former South Africa U21 captain and twenty-two-cap Springbok hooker Mahlatse
‘Chiliboy’ Ralepelle has been banned for two years for doping.

The former Bulls hooker won the last of his caps for South Africa in 2013 and
was sent home from the Springbok tour of Great Britain (with Bjorn Basson) in
2010 following a positive drugs test after their match against Ireland.

Rallepelle was found to have traces of banned substance methylhexanamine in
his system but the South African Rugby Union cleared him of any wrongdoing.

Ralepelle was once earmarked to be the first black Springbok captain after
he led a Springbok XV against a World XV in Leicester in 2006.

The hooker left South Africa to play for Toullouse in France in 2013 but was
released from his contract with the club by mutual consent in February last
year after playing just nine matches for the club.

The 28-year-old underwent an out-of-competition doping control on March 19
2014, while recovering from surgery following a knee injury sustained playing
for Toulouse against French rivals Biarritz in France in February of that year,
the analysis of the sample returned a positive test for a metabolite of a banned
anabolic steroid, drostanolone.

In a statement on World Rugby’s ‘Keep Rugby Clean’ website, World Rugby chief
executive Brett Gosper said: “World Rugby operates a zero-tolerance policy
on doping and players are responsible for any prohibited substance found in
their body.

“Rugby is founded on fair play and the promotion of a level playing field
for all players. This particular case illustrates the rigorous anti-doping programme
World Rugby implements in conjunction with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency),
both in and out of competition.”

Ralepelle initially challenged his provisional suspension but gave up his right
to appeal on Thursday and will be free to play again on April 10 2016, with
his ban starting from the time of his provisional suspension last year.

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