Promising South African fly half Hercules 'Herkie' Kruger has been suspended from all rugby with immediate effect after testing positive to the anabolic steroid nandrolone.
Promising South African fly half Hercules 'Herkie' Kruger has been suspended from all rugby with immediate effect after testing positive to the anabolic steroid nandrolone.The South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) confirmed on Thursday that Kruger had returned a positive A sample. Kruger has requested his B sample be tested; if it comes back positive a tribunal will be assembled by SARFU to hear the case which could see Kruger banned from all rugby for up to two years."We are concerned that he has tested positive and we have informed the player, his union and the IRB (International Rugby Board)," said a SARFU spokesman on Thursday.
Nineteen Sharks players were tested in Durban on 24 January during the Super 12 franchise's pre-season training."They were randomly chosen and Herkie Kruger's urine sample returned positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone," said Sharks CEO Brian Van Zyl. "He's been immediately suspended and will not play any rugby until the matter has been settled. "It is our view that the substance was taken inadvertently and we await the results with interest."Kruger has ten Super 12 caps for the Sharks and has scored over 150 points for his Currie Cup side, Natal Sharks. His immediate suspension makes Kruger unavailable for the Sharks round one Super 12 clash against the Stormers in Cape Town on Friday evening (SA time).
Coach Allen Clarke and stand-in captain Billy Holland answer questions from the media following Emerging Ireland's 45-12 victory over Georgia in the final round of their successful Tbilisi Cup campaign.
Emerging Ireland coach Allen Clarke speaks about his side's five-try 33-7 win over Uruguay in the Tbilisi Cup and the first half injury to captain Rhys Ruddock. They wrap up the tournament against hosts Georgia on Sunday.
Speaking about the floods that occurred following the Tbilisi Cup's first round, Emerging Ireland team manager Joey Miles said: "A natural event like that, a tragedy like that puts the game of rugby into perspective. We express our regrets to the Georgian people and the Georgian Union for the terrible tragedy that they had."
Leinster and Ireland prop Martin Moore gives his support to the IRFU Charitable Trust's Corporate Patron Scheme, and Mick Quinn explains the benefits for companies getting involved. For further information, please contact Linda Black of the Charitable Trust - telephone (01) 6473866 or email: email@example.com / http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34728.php.
David O'Reilly from the IRFU Charitable Trust's Corporate Patrons Committee speaks about the new scheme which provides businesses with unique networking opportunities and provides a platform for companies to effectively activate their CSR programmes. For further information, please contact Linda Black of the Charitable Trust - telephone (01) 6473866 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34728.php.
We spoke to Leinster and Ireland winger Dave Kearney after the Captain's Run at Thomond Park as he prepares to take on some familiar faces and some well-capped stars when the Ireland XV play the Barbarians.
Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is one of two uncapped players in the Ireland XV starting team to play the Barbarians. We caught up with the young prop at Thomond Park as he prepares to pull on the green jersey.
Jamie Heaslip will captain the Ireland XV against the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday. He spoke to Irish Rugby TV about facing the star-studded visitors and the battle he is relishing with his Leinster colleague Shane Jennings, who captains the Baa Baas.
Ireland Under-20 head coach Nigel Carolan has likened the World Rugby Under-20 Championship to 'a mini Six Nations in three weeks'. His side take on Argentina in their tournament opener in Parma next Tuesday.
Ireland Under-20 backs Nick McCarthy and Garry Ringrose and Feargal O'Rourke from team sponsors PwC spoke to Irish Rugby TV as the squad prepare for the World Rugby U-20 Championship which starts next week in Italy.
We caught up with Sean O'Brien at the Canterbury Ireland training kit launch where he spoke about next week's Barbarians game, the build-up to the Rugby World Cup and 'moving forward' with Leinster next season.
We caught up with Ireland international Luke Fitzgerald at the launch of the new Canterbury Ireland training kit. He spoke about his recovery from shoulder surgery and his aim to be fit for the Guinness Summer Series games in August.