Goosen banned for failing dope test

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Nov 2010 at 12:06
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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.


  • Oops. Bet the shop assistants become a better waitor.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.11.10 12:09:01 by billy Reply
  • Hai Junne , I thought he was on full blown juice.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.11.10 12:10:02 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Crazy that SARU held the hearing on the day that he was given the Craven week player of the year award.. Not clever.

    A sponsored athlete buying his own supplements? Hmmm.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.11.10 12:13:13 by Sportbilly Reply
  • @billy (Comment 1) : Bit of a feeble excuse if you ask me surely Grey as professional as they are, would warn their Youngsters about taking stuff, just a little bit fishy, but we will give him the benefit of the doubt

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.11.10 12:14:19 by Whindy Reply
  • Lol. Three months? that all? Even if it was a “mistake”, which I doubt, should have been at least a year!

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.11.10 12:19:23 by PTAShark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Dragnipur
  • @PTAShark (Comment 5) : Plus its over the off season, what a joke!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.11.10 12:22:17 by Whindy Reply
  • @Whindy (Comment 4) : the Free State press release reads like a frikking paid-for advertisement for PVM Supplements (which I guess it is). The gist of it is that both Grey and contracted Free State players are meant to only use PVM supplements. Seems like Goosen got caught up because the rugby season at Grey was over and his regular source of “stuff” had dried up. So he took a shortcut.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.11.10 12:25:02 by robdylan Reply
  • What was the ‘substance’?

    Doesn’t sound like it was that bad as apparently this substance has been on, off and back on the list of banned thingys.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.11.10 12:26:46 by McLovin Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Okay I believe you ;-)He surley can kick a ball a long way

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.11.10 12:28:54 by Whindy Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 8) : apparently the name of the substance is too technical to reveal, in case it causes Free Staters too much confusion.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.11.10 12:46:35 by robdylan Reply
  • @Whindy (Comment 9) : he can, and yet it didn’t help the Free State under 19 teams in any way whatsoever…

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.11.10 12:47:31 by robdylan Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 8) : That is your best avatar so far dude

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.11.10 12:48:17 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • There is too much information available nowadays to use that excuse.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.11.10 12:56:02 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I see, too difficult to spell. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.11.10 12:56:33 by McLovin Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 12) : Thanks. 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.11.10 12:57:27 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : iets van daai aard….

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.11.10 12:59:59 by robdylan Reply
  • @lostfish (Comment 13) : True. Surely they must have a list of banned substances and I imagine all supplements lists the ingredients on the label.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.11.10 13:01:09 by McLovin Reply
  • Also a ‘shop assistant’ is the last person I’d ask for advice that could potentially ruin my career.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.11.10 13:03:00 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : WADA has the most up to date list of all banned substances on their website.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.11.10 13:10:04 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : He is from the Free State so maybe he really is that dof…

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.11.10 13:10:33 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @lostfish (Comment 20) : like the guy who left his passport in Bloem when he was called up for the Boks and had to fly to Oz…Strauss wassnt?? 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.11.10 13:17:11 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @PTAShark (Comment 5) :

    Would you have said the same thing if it was a Sharks player?? 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.11.10 13:18:15 by wpw Reply
  • KAK excuse. AFAIK Ignorance of the substance has not once been upheld as a plausible excuse by the IRB, why are SARU this thick?

    The guy is all but a professional athlete he KNOWS what he can and can’t take.

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.11.10 13:21:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 21) : Oh yeah that was DOF, now that does deserve a special mention. Didn’t he get there too late to play as well??

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.11.10 13:25:05 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @lostfish (Comment 24) : indeed!

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.11.10 13:50:16 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • Jeez people. You’re surprised that an eighteen-year old acted like an eighteen-year old? How many stupid things did you get up to at that age even though you knew better?

    Give the guy a break and allow him time to grow up.

    Edit: And we don’t seem to mind buying one of these ‘dof’ players every now and again. I can guarantee that SW would be singing a different tune if Johan Goosen was coming to Durban next year.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.11.10 14:11:50 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin
  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : Just taking the Mickey, mate! RELAX!! 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.11.10 14:17:02 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 27) : Some of the comments, yes. I’m not referring to those in my rant. Apologies, could have made that clearer.

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.11.10 14:26:07 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin
  • @vanmartin (Comment 28) : hey, I am past eighteen and I still make dof mistakes! 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.11.10 14:31:39 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : ja, but he turned us down, so he deserves the criticism 🙂

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.11.10 14:48:04 by robdylan Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : As Ice said, just taking the mickey.

    He may be 18 but surely he has enough sense to double check the ingredients and not take the word of a shop assistant. That wasn’t just a “dof” mistake, as a sportsman he should know better and as I have stated before there is too much information out there to plead ignorance.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.11.10 15:00:22 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @lostfish (Comment 31) : You seem to be very serious about this for someone taking the mickey 😆

    And clearly (and unsurprisingly) he does not yet have enough sense to double-check the ingredients. Bet you he won’t make that mistake again though. Yes agreed, he’s a sportsman but he’s a very young sportsman still finishing up matric exams if I’m not mistaken. Not much life experience there.

    All I’m saying is the incident should be seen in context. If it happens again ban him for the maximum term but for now he should be given the benefit of the doubt. He’s got a promising career ahead of him – it should not be ended because of one really stupid mistake.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.11.10 15:34:52 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin
  • @vanmartin (Comment 32) : The dof freestaters part dude 😉

    I wouldn’t want him to cop a hefty ban because the substance has been on and off of the WADA list but what I am saying is that he is old enough to take the blame and not blame the shop assistant. He should be responsible enough to make sure what he was taking wasn’t banned.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.11.10 15:50:06 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @lostfish (Comment 33) : He took the blame – he pleaded guilty.

    On the second point we’ll probably have to agree to disagree. My whole argument is that we shouldn’t be surprised if an eighteen-year old ends up doing something irresponsible. It’s bound to happen no matter who he/she is.

    Life has taught a lot of us through our mistakes not to put our future in someone else’s hands (in this case a sales assistant). In my case a broker 🙂 . I’m pretty sure Johan now understands he needs to take responsibility for his own future. If this didn’t teach him anything – feel free to call him dof in the next post on Sharksworld announcing his second ban.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.11.10 16:00:16 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin

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