Bok duo face drug probe

Saru will appoint an Anti-Doping Tribunal to investigate doping allegations against Springboks Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson.

The players returned an adverse analytical finding for a prohibited stimulant, methylhexaneamine, following the match between South Africa and Ireland in Dublin on 6 November. Both players asked for their ‘B’ sample to be tested, which confirmed the findings of the ‘A’ sample.

The players will not contest the testing procedures or related matters under the 2010 Autumn Internationals Anti-Doping Programme and therefore the investigation and hearing will be conducted in South Africa.

Investigations remain on-going and a date for the hearing, as well as the composition of the tribunal, will be announced once those have been completed in the new year.