SARU has announced that it has appointed a Judicial Committee to investigate the doping charges against Blue Bulls players Chilliboy Ralepele and Bjorn Basson at a hearing in Cape Town on 25 January.
The pair were provisionally suspended from all rugby activities after returning positive tests for a banned stimulant, methylhexaneamine, after the Boks played Ireland in Dublin last year. The B-samples of both players confirmed the positive result and the IRB subsequently handed the matter over to the South African body for further investigation and sentencing.
The Bulls will be hoping for a positive outcome for both players, with maximum lenience given the inadvertent nature of the abuse. The unavailability of both will have a serious adverse effect on the Super 14 champions’ depth as they aim to capture the Super Rugby trophy in 2011.
The committee will be chaired by Advocate Jannie Lubbe, with Dr George van Dugteren and Advocate Rob Stelzner completing the triumvirate.Tweet