Richard Ferguson

Schools hit hard by drug use


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby on 31 May 2011 at 08:00
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The state of school rugby in South Africa might be at a great point with regards to the competitiveness amongst them, but this has a rather worrying downsize to it in the form of steroids.

A Sunday newspaper reported that a survey amongst the country’s top school boy rugby players has revealed the shocking truth behind the use of anabolic steroids. Some of the schools that have been named include St Albans, King Edward VII and St John’s, with the others spared the blushes.

Two St Albans boys and three King Edward boys’ urine samples came back positive with the St John’s boy having twice the amount of testosterone than other boys his age. In total, 130 pupils from 18 schools resulted in 21 testing positive for some form or variety of steroids.

St Stithians, Kearsney, Hilton College, Jeppe Boys’ High, St Benedicts and Clifton Boys High will be tested over the following few months. Of the schools that were involved in these tests, there were two that had no pupils with positive results, St David’s Marist Inanda and Pretoria Boys High.

The side effects of steroids include:

- High Blood Pressure
- Heart enlargement
- High cholesterol
- Liver and kidney damage
- Infertility
- Psychological effects including aggression and depression

The positive thing in KwaZulu Natal is that from next year, all schools will be accredited to the Discovery Shark Smart Schools of Excellence, which will enforce the testing at schools. Let’s hope this will eradicate the drug use in our schools.



20 Comments

  • we don’t do that shit at Boys High!

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.05.11 08:12:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : That’s cause there is strict testing at PBHS

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.05.11 08:15:01 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 2) :

    Do you know that it costs R1500 per pupil tested!

    That is so expensive!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.05.11 08:16:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : I blame the unregulated highly competitive supplement companies.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.05.11 08:30:51 by Mocho Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : I blame the unregulated highly competitive supplement companies. A lot of the boys will get caught unknowingly. Remember the episode with the Springboks last year?

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.05.11 08:31:41 by Mocho Reply

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  • @Mocho (Comment 5) :

    I think this is a bit different..

    A bunch of them were caught with steroids in their possession, not supplements..

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.05.11 08:35:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • “The positive thing in KwaZulu Natal is that from next year, all schools will be accredited to the Discovery Shark Smart Schools of Excellence, which will enforce the testing at schools. Let’s hope this will eradicate the drug use in our schools.”

    Or it will result in the Sharks have smaller players than the other unions :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.05.11 08:36:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Mocho (Comment 5) : I blame the boys,whatever happened to a balance diet and gyming,good hard work is just more rewarding at the end of the day,and that article said 40% of the boys tested aren’t even rugby players,what the hell is going on with our school boys!

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.05.11 08:37:00 by Poisy Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : lmao :P being big is overrated anyway just develop your skills set and work hard at the gym

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.05.11 08:39:10 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 8) :

    Im not worried about the guys who use it to look better, I worry about the players, who end up boosting their bodies to such a point, that after their rugby career they will be battling..

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.05.11 08:39:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : I’m sure as most of us here played rugby at school we heard about steroids and as soon as I heard the side effect of making ones manhood smaller I was put off as most guys would lmao

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.05.11 08:42:02 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 9) : Absolutely agreed. Thank goodness for players such as Lambie who proves time and again that it’s not just about size. His hand-off of Schalk Burger for that Currie Cup try should be printed on huge posters and spearhead a anti-steroid campaign.

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.05.11 08:59:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : lmao slogan “HAND OF ROIDS” don’t think mr burger will be happy with that poster

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.05.11 09:04:14 by Poisy Reply
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  • The fact of the matter is that the big,stronger and faster players will always be picked. Yes, 1 or maybe 2 of the smaller quick footed players will be picked but overall the smaller players will be overlooked. This happens from primary school to national level. With rugby being a realistic career for boys these days, is it any surprise that they will go to any length to make sure they are bigger, stronger and faster than their nearest competitor. Unless we change the way we pick players nothing is going to change, the only thing that will change is less will get caught as the methods used to test are so far behind the new drugs that are being produced.

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.05.11 09:12:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Kzn should start immediately not next year, and Rob , have you not heard of masking agents? PBHS will not be immune to use..they will have influence all around them in Pta.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.05.11 09:35:24 by ruggabugga Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : That’s why there needs to be a bigger focus on sevens rugby. To enable small highly skilled players an opportunity. What Paul treu is doing is fantastic. He probably has the smallest sevens players , but is doing superb with them.

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.05.11 09:52:10 by Mocho Reply

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  • @Mocho (Comment 16) : I think what Paul Treu is doing is awesome. And 7s is growing amongst schools and will hopefully grow more once it is an established Olympic sport. But at the moment the 15 man game rules in terms of money and opportunity. And those in charge of selections pick the bigger,stronger players. Untill we coach to run into space and not through a player things wont change. Until Bulls rugby fails things are not going to change at National level and that filters down to school boy level.

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.05.11 10:14:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Sad news this. Those side effects are terrible – personally, given the choice between a WC medal and the ability to “stand tall”, I would take the gift of Priapus any day. PS3 has some decent rugby games…

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.05.11 10:40:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I bet you a large majority of players in the professional rugby have taken at some point during their life ,if not steroids than some other band substance (post 2000)

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.05.11 12:27:51 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 19) : You’re right. This problem is nothing new. It’s been going on for years in SBR. The only real news seems to be of steroids as a type of recreational drug to improve looks.
    I’m convinced that if I had to pick kids out for testing after games, I’d achieve a 100% positive test strike rate.

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.05.11 12:35:18 by beet Reply
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