Springbok and Sharks hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle’s B-sample confirmed the presence of a banned substance called Zeranol.

Zeranol is a synthetic nonsteroidal estrogen of the resorcylic acid lactone group related to mycoestrogens found in fungi in the Fusarium genus and is used mainly as an anabolic agent in veterinary medicine.

The 25-Test Springbok has had two previous run-ins with illegal substances and was given a two-year ban in 2014 having tested positive for Drostanolone while at French club Toulouse.

The other incident came in 2010 when, along with team-mate Bjorn Basson, Ralepelle was sent home from the Springboks’ end-of-year tour after traces of the banned substance Methylhexanamine were found in his system.

Both players were proved innocent, though, with SA Rugby having been at fault for providing them with the wrong supplements.

When a player gets tested, the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport takes two samples from an athlete.

It is then devided in a A-sample container (60ml) and a B-sample (30ml) and both are sealed.

When tested at the laboratory they only break the seal of the A-sample.

When tested positive an athlete then has the right to ask for his B-sample to be tested as well.

Ralepelle did ask that his B-sample to be tested as well which came back positive.

The results of the testing will probably bring an end to his career.

The 32-year-old played in 25 tests for the Springboks since making his debut in 2006.

He also played in 69 Super Rugby matches for the Bulls between 2006 and 2013 and 35 Super Rugby matches for the Sharks 2016 and 2019.

In 2006 Ralepelle was named Springbok captain for their last tour match against a World XV in Leicester.


Written by Carl Coertzen

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