Promising Free State and Grey Kollege flyhalf Johan Goosen, who was recently named Craven Week Player of the Year at the recent SA Rugby awards ceremony, has copped a 3-month ban after he tested positive for a banned substance.
Goosen, who despite numerous big money offers from large unions has decided to continue his career with the Cheetahs next year, won rave review for his performances with the Free State Craven Week team, as well as the South African High Performance Under 18 team. His ability to kick goals from 60 metres out sparked something of a craze and along with team mate William Small-Smith, his signature became possibly the most sought-after souvenir that any Craven Week scout would hope to take home with him.
The player, who made his debut for the Free State under 19 side this year, despite still being at school, apparently fell foul of a dodgy supplement, sold to him by a shop assistant who didn’t realise that one of the composite ingredients of said supplement was on the WADA (World Athletics Doping Agency) banned list. Traces of the banned stimulant were found in his body after routine doping tests carried out when Free State played the Griffons in the ABSA Under 19 competition earlier this year. Goosen, to his credit, pleaded guilty at the ensuing SARU disciplinary hearing, but his insistence that he took the stimulant unknowingly (he claims to have specifically asked the shop assistant whether the product contained any banned substances) means that he was only handed a 3-month ban, rather than the recommended two years.
His ban will run from November 2010 to January 2011, both inclusive. Hardly a massive impact for the youngster, but a blot on his copybook nonetheless, I would think.
Small-Smith was recently announced as a signing by the Blue Bulls and he will move to join their high-performance academy at Tukkies next year, while the man who played inside centre for Free State this Craven Week, Paul Jordaan, will join up with the Sharks Academy in Durban, after spending the early part of next season with the Springbok Sevens team. While the Sharks may have missed out on signing Goosen, there will nevertheless be a pair of very promising schoolboy flyhalves joining the ranks in Glenwood’s Fred Zeilinga and Paarl Boys High’s Gavin Hauptfleisch. The former, despite only matriculating this year, has already represented the Sharks under 19 side and has shown the ability to nail long range pressure kicks in much the same way Goosen can.Tweet