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Two South African rugby players have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
One of the players is Monde Hadebe of the Durban Sharks while the other player, who is yet to be named, is believed to be a player with either the Southern Kings or Blue Bulls,
To make matters even worse, five more players at levels below Super Rugby have also been collared for doping offences, including Currie Cup and U20 players.
South Africa Rugby confirmed to South African Institute for Drug Free Sport that two players had tested positive for doping following routine tests.
SAIDS Chief Executive Khalid Galant confirmed to the media that the players had been informed of the failed tests through their respective unions and while they are eligible for a sample B testing, this is not a mandatory protocol.
“In some cases players accept the findings and do not contest them, so as to have their suspension begin as soon as possible,” Galant told supersport.com
Monde Hadebe has been handed a four year ban from rugby for testing positive for two illegal forms of steroids with the other alleged abuser likely to face a similar outcome.