Media reports from the capital suggest that suspended Bulls players Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson will be exonerated when the results of the judicial enquiry into their positive doping tests are announced tomorrow.
Both players were sent home in disgrace after returning positive samples after a random drugs test after the test match against Ireland in November last year. Neither has played any rugby since, while the case against them has dragged on. We were informed by a source close to the pair’s legal representative, Gerrie Swart, that a very credible defence had been put forward at the hearing on Tuesday and that no further censure for either player was anticipated.
JJ Harmse, a journalist who could only be closer to the Bulls quad if he was actually in it, has confirmed this view, saying that he understands it’s a “virtual certainty” that the two players will face no further ban. Ralepelle is expected to be flown to Port Elizabeth as an eleventh-hour change to the Bulls team named to face the EP Kings in a warm-up game on Saturday.
The findings of the enquiry will be announced to the media at Newlands tomorrow, at 10am South African time.Tweet