The chaos is seemingly continuing. Bandise Maku, Charl McCleod and Odwa Ndungane have all been called up to the Bok squad today. This announcement from SARU comes days after Chilliboy Ralepele and Bjorn Basson were suspended for testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
At the time P Devil made the point of saying that they would not call up a replacement for Basson, even though he had been injured before the drug test, as it was the right thing to do. SARU and Peter were going to take the moral high ground you see, even though they had a ‘legal’ right to call someone up.
What P Devil was referring to was the understanding that SARU had at the time, that you could not replace players in a squad that had been banned for doping.
Today however as ever, good old Peter was singing a different tune.
“I considered calling them in this week but with all the other disruptions I thought it would be better to focus as much as we could on what is a very important test against Scotland,” said De Villiers. “We can start afresh on Monday morning at the start of what will be a new test week.”
What has emerged is that the IRB regulations dictate that those players banned for drug related offences cannot be replaced during a Rugby World Cup competition only. Confusion reigns in the SARU ranks again. Be prepared for more surrounding how and why the Boks were digesting infested substances.
Take a bow SARU.
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