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).
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.
Nicole Cronin, the inaugural Irish Women's Sevens Player of the Year in 2014, is looking to make an impact on her return to the green jersey at this weekend's Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia.
The Ireland Women's 15-a-side captain Niamh Briggs was part of the Irish Development team that won the Amsterdam 7s title recently. Next up is the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia this weekend and then a shot at Olympic Sevens qualification at UCD on June 25-26.
Experienced prop Andrew Porter speaks about the Ireland Under-20s' preparations for the World Rugby U-20 Championship and their opening pool encounter with Wales in Manchester later today (kick-off 5.30pm, live on TG4/Sky Sports 1).