Chilli and Bjorn – no news is, well, no news

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 25 Jan 2011 at 15:18
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How’s this for surprising… the judicial committee appointed to hear the case against Bulls players Bjorn Basson and Chilliboy Ralepelle has deferred it’s decision until later.

Despite making the players and their union wait for nearly two months before hearing the case in the first place, there is still no ruling and probably won’t be one for some time. This matter is already seriously disrupting the Bulls plans for the upcoming Super Rugby season, with both players key members of their squad. Ralepelle was due to play at hooker in this weekend’s friendly against the EP Kings, for one thing.

Anyway, hard to tell which way the wind is blowing on this one. We’ll update you as soon as anything actually happens!


  • At the rate that the South African judicial system moves they should have the judgement by the time an Argie team has joined Super Rugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.01.11 15:20:24 by lostfish Reply
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  • You just beat me to it Rob.. lol

    Sad news for both players.. they can only but wait..

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.01.11 15:23:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 1) : very true and CT is especially slow in this regard :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.01.11 15:23:46 by rekinek Reply
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  • By the time judgement comes they would have already served more than their sentences

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.01.11 15:28:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Are they allowed to train with their teams while this is going on?

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.01.11 15:29:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : I think they are not allowed to do anything rugby related and that includes training with the team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.01.11 15:37:05 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : soz dude… didn’t realise 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.01.11 15:38:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think the Bulls would have been very naive if they were planning to play either of these 2 any time soon and especially so if they were basing game plans around them. Fact is they were caught with banned stuff in their bloodstreams for which other athletes the world over have been banned for up to 2 years. A light sentence will be out of place – judging on previous rulings.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.01.11 15:39:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    No stress, my lack of SW time is a pain in the arse!

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.01.11 15:41:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Maybe the Judicial Committee dislikes the Bulls 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.01.11 15:46:54 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Not good for my Fantasy team. Basson supposed to be fielding up-and-unders.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.01.11 15:54:37 by Speed7 Reply

  • This trend of deferral of decisions seems to be something of a South African malaise… I’ve had to represent my company at the CCMA a number of times in the last year, and the number of commissioners who have been unable/unwilling to make a judgement during arbitration is quite disheartening.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.01.11 16:22:23 by Culling Song Reply
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  • i think the problem here is most the bok team could get implicated here, that is why this thing is taking so much time. from different reports on this subject it sounds like the drug was given to a lot of the bok players before the wales game. the substance apparently doesn’t stay in the system long so it would have had to be given to the players just before the first test. chilliboy and basson were the unfortunate two that got tested. because it was believed by the doping officials that more players in the team had taken the same supplement they rushed in and tested 6 players the next weekend. obviously no-one was caught because the team doctor had realised the mistake and stopped everyone taking the supplement and the substance was out the system by that saturday. obviously everyone in the team has to keep quiet because wales can call foul that the whole team was on the substance. from all the reports i have read it sounds like this was unintended, and no-one is guilty, but drug laws are drug laws and they have to be enforced. we all heard how basson in angst had a go at saru, and this tends to highlight that it was the bok management that cocked up and they are all dodging the hot potato while the two players are hung out to dry. maybe it is time for them to speak out, they may not make the bok team again but they’ll clear their name for lucrative offers overseas.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.01.11 08:19:54 by try time Reply


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