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).
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt praised the squad's 'immense character' following the 27-24 GUINNESS Series success against Australia. Meanwhile, captain Rory Best reflects on 'an emotional day' as he made his 100th appearance for his country.
Irish Rugby TV brings you a behind the scenes look at Ireland's final GUINNESS Series game against Australia. Joe Schmidt's men marked captain Rory Best's 100th cap with a superb 27-24 victory over the Wallabies.
Saturday's GUINNESS Series clash with Australia marks Michael Kearney's last game as Ireland team manager. We spoke to him about five memorable years in the role. Watch out for a couple of special cameos!
Dick Spring, Chairman of Ireland's RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, and Bid Ambassador Brian O'Driscoll speak about their excitement at officially launching Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. #Ireland2023
We're ready to create something legendary. A showcase for rugby nations old and new. A tournament that will grow the game globally, promote the values, spirit and ethos of rugby and will capture the world's imagination. #Ireland2023 - Liam Neeson gives voice to Ireland's bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023.
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Women's November International Series to be held in the UCD Bowl. Kids go free with any adult tickets. Ireland will face world champions England, top ranked Canada and the Black Ferns of New Zealand.
Tournament Director Garrett Tubridy sets the scene for an exciting weekend of rugby at UCD where 16 Women's Sevens teams will battle it out at for one qualifying spot for the Rio Olympics. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens.
Tadhg Furlong reflects on a disappointing day for Ireland against South Africa. However, he will take positives from his first Test start and be ready to build for the final match of the series in Port Elizabeth.
Paddy Jackson is preparing for Ireland's second Test against South Africa on Saturday (kick-off 5pm local time/4pm Irish time). The Ulster out-half has been checking out Ellis Park in advance of the match.