Toulon Being Investigated For Doping Offences

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Reports from RTL in France have suggested that European Champions Toulon are being investigated for doping offences.

The report suggests that the club are being investigated for providing players with substances “that may be similar to performance enhancing drugs”.

“Antibiotics, analgesics, but also anabolic steroids” are all under suspicion according RTL, which also states that “the range could be extended.”

Although nothing has yet been proven, this is not the first time Toulon have been investigated for such practices as two years ago, a significant proportion of the squad were reviewed.

The report comes just days after former South African hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle was suspended for two years for doping offences after a move to the Top 14.

Should Toulon be found guilty of any doping charges, it could have serious repercussions with a host of their stars currently set to take part in the upcoming Rugby World Cup. There is also likely to be some knock-on action from clubs across Europe who have failed to topple the triple European Champions.

Toulon’s owner Mourad Boudjellal has however come out to deny the allegations saying that “I have a strong feeling there is a will against Toulon and a person who is running for president of the FFR,” hinting the allegations may be part of a political agenda to harm coach Bernard Laporte’s bid to become the new president of the FFR.



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