Richard Ferguson

Basson and Chiliboy cleared

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 28 Jan 2011 at 10:24
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Springboks and Blue Bulls players Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson have both been cleared to return to play after a Judicial Committee found them to have “no fault” in the doping matter. According to a media release from SARU, the players can start playing rugby immediately.

The Blue Bulls rugby union should be happy with this announcement as both these players are very important to the team ahead of a long Super Rugby campaign.

Ralepelle and Basson were charged under anti-doping regulations after they tested positive for Methylhexaneamine (MHA) following the Springbok Test against Ireland in Dublin on November 6, 2010.

The players were provisionally suspended from all rugby activities as a result and had to return home from the tour. Basson and Ralepelle attended the hearing in Cape Town on Tuesday after their ‘B’ sample also tested positive.


  • Good for them. 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.01.11 10:26:10 by McLovin Reply
  • Surprise!

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.01.11 10:32:36 by try time Reply
  • Typical rugby outcome!
    For those of you who are still not sure if you want to go there one day, apparently a main selling feature of heaven is that rugby hearing outcomes ARE consistent.
    The iRB rulebook on handing out bans specifically recommends that a panel’s primary objective should always be to turn a back page story into front page news.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.01.11 10:33:53 by beet Reply
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  • If it was only Basson the headline could have been:

    Bjorn free :mrgreen: 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.01.11 10:38:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : Not really, he got married a few days ago.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.01.11 10:43:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • “The banned stimulant was in a supplement given to the players in the warm-up before the Test against Ireland and is a product that has been used by the Springboks before – without any adverse analytical findings – and is used by other professional and national teams in both hemispheres.

    “It was manufactured in the UK and was tested at SARU’s request by one of only two laboratories in the world equipped to perform the necessary protocols in order to ensure that it complied with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA).

    “That the players subsequently tested positive for a banned stimulant was an enormous shock to the Springbok team, management and to SARU, and I am most sorry that the players have had to endure the stress and stigma attached to a failed dope test.

    “Hopefully this verdict will have laid to rest any idea of any wrongdoing on their part.”

    SARU’s medical manager Clint Readhead insisted everything had been done to ensure the supplements provided to players were safe and clean.

    As a result of this incident, South Africa will no longer use supplements.

    That’s from Sky Sports

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.01.11 14:58:10 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : that last line can’t be right. You can’t just decide to “no longer use supplements” – you can never be competitive like that.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.01.11 15:06:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Can’t imagine the players going along with it.

    According to prof Noakes they don’t need supplements. Only to eat right.

    Even if true, I guess the players will still want to take them even if the only effect is the placebo effect.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.01.11 15:23:17 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : @McLovin (Comment 8) :

    What they are implying is SA Rugby, or Bok management (SA Rugby employed) will no longer provide (pay for) supplements for players.

    Players will need to get their own, and as per the SA Rugby guideline on supplements, do their own checks and verifications in future.

    SA Rugby got burnt in this verdict, as they were the ones fingered as being responsible for the incident.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.01.11 15:25:07 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 9) :
    That would be short sighted of SA Rugby. Yes they got burnt now but if Macs above posting is correct then its clear that it was beyond their control and I think they would even have grounds for recompense, as would the individuals.
    To now have each individual sourcing their own supplements would leave all concerned very open and vulnerable to abuse, not to mention the angst that each team will go through whenever testing is done.
    SA Rugby just cant afford to not be involved in a matter like this.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.01.11 15:35:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 9) : wow – that’s crazy. How can the players protect themselves against a situation like this in the future? They will all have to take out massive personal liability policies in case they get done, because they cannot possibly test everything they take.

    I mean, in this case, it was a supplement that was SUPPOSED to be legal, yet wasn’t… whose fault is that? USN, I would think.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.01.11 15:36:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    This is what SA Rugby reccomends to players in their supplements guideline:

    “Presently there is no way to recommend with certainty that one particular brand is safer than another. Even if manufacturers of supplements claim that their supplements have been ‘approved’ or ‘verified’ or ‘tested to be free of contaminants’ – these are generally self-regulatory systems that are not fool-proof. We recommend that for every supplement purchased the athlete request the supplier to provide a quality control certificate as well as legally binding documentation listing all contents of ALL the different products that they produce and that the company accepts full liability for a positive doping test as a result of the use thereof. This guarantee document should: Be on a company letterhead. Be signed by management and dated. Include contact details for the person responsible for issuing the guarantee. Address the athlete directly by name, and not be addressed generally e.g. “To whom it may concern”.

    Implying, players should have a contract with suppliers and if the suppliers screw something up, they are held financially liable.

    The guilty party here imo, USN without a doubt.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.01.11 15:40:35 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 12) : ok – so this is fanciful, but in the interests of a good conspiracy theory, here we go…

    you don’t think it could have been doctored by somebody, with the intention of discrediting sARU and the Boks?

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.01.11 15:50:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    That is what USN UK will claim! From time of purchase to use, something was added.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.01.11 15:52:15 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 12) :
    “We recommend that for every supplement purchased the athlete request the supplier to provide a quality control certificate as well as legally binding documentation……” wouuld this be for each line of the product or for each batch the player purchases. If its for each line then surely RA Rugby can act as the purchaser and pass it on to their employees.

    To be honest looking at that I would rather go the route of saying UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE SUPPLEMENTS TO BE USED. Safer for all concerned.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.01.11 15:53:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 14) : SARU owes Chilli and Bjorn a very public apology… and this at least goes some way to confirming something else too… every single Bok player must have had this shit in their blood after the Ireland game. We’re bloody lucky more weren’t tested.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.01.11 15:54:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 15) : I just don’t see how that can fly, though. Because if our boys all stop using supplements, they pretty soon going to fall behind the other guys who do

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.01.11 15:56:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :
    Agreed, but if they are all forced to go it on their own then they will probably all face some or other suspension in their playing careers.

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.01.11 16:03:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : depends on whether other national unions will follow SARU’s lead on this one

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.01.11 16:06:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • I dont know what the answer is. Its a damn scary situation when the manufacturer of a world leading brand can not be taken with 100% peace of mind.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.01.11 16:12:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) : exactly… I think SARu are being pretty weak here in not nailing USN to the wall here

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.01.11 16:21:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :
    Well if it is just left hanging, as it is now, then I will believe that there is another angle to this that no one wants to talk about. SA Rugby has no choice but to take further steps.

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.01.11 16:30:08 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : and if Ralapelle : Chilli can chill.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.01.11 16:30:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : yup. let’s be honest nature can only do so much 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.01.11 16:36:54 by rekinek Reply
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  • I tool USN before. . I gained 12KGS in 6weeks of muscle from a Protein shake. I stopped it and lost 14 KGS. From then I never trusted USN.

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.01.11 18:43:09 by Mocho Reply

  • I’m glad the guys got off, doping bans are extremely harsh.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.01.11 19:57:13 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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