Racing 92 superstar trio Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff allegedly all returned urine tests containing traces of steroids following the Top 14 final.
UPDATE: Carter and Rokocoko’s manager at Essentially Group, Simon Porter, has informed NZME that both players did have permission to use the banned substance, supplying TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) to the appropriate authorities regarding treatment for respective injuries for Carter (calf) and Rokocoko (knee).
“We have been aware of the issue for a few weeks. Our understanding and assurances we’ve had are all the documents around TUEs were in place,” Porter told the NZ Herald.
The news was broken by L’Equipe on Thursday that the AFLD (Agence française de lutte contre le dopage) conducted urine tests for both Racing and Toulon following the Top 14 final in Barcelona back in June.
The French publication reported that according to their sources, three positive tests for steroids were returned, belonging to Carter, Rokocoko and Imhoff.
L’Equipe additionally reported that none of the trio had a TUE (therapeutic use exemption) to explain the anomalies in what are the first set of results from the tests, although in the cases of Carter and Rokocoko this has now been denied by their representatives.