Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko cleared after anti-doping hearing

Dan Carter is said to be "disgusted and sickened" by leaks to a French newspaper that they returned ­positive doping samples. Photo / Photosport.co.nz
Dan Carter is said to be "disgusted and sickened" by leaks to a French newspaper that they returned ­positive doping samples. Photo / Photosport.co.nz

Former All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko have been cleared of doping following a probe by the French Rugby Federation, according to a report in France.

French newspaper L'Equipe reported today that Carter "has been cleared and was notified on Saturday... following an investigation by the medical commission of the French Rugby Federation."

The 34-year-old first five, along with Racing 92 team-mates Juan Imhoff and Rokocoko, tested positive for corticosteroids after the Top 14 Final in Barcelona on June 25.

The trio attended a a French Rugby Federation anti-doping hearing on October 12 and, according to L'Equipe, Carter has 'been cleared' with Rokocoko and Argentina winger Imhoff set to be 'informed of the same outcome'.

Racing 92 responded to the reports on Monday, however, stating that neither the players nor the club had been informed of any official decision.

The three players were implicated after providing urine samples as part of tests carried out by the French anti-doping agency, AFLD, following Racing's 29-21 victory over Toulon in last year's Top 14 final. It was the club's first French title in 26 years.

Despite playing more than an hour with just 14 men, after scrum-half Maxime Machenaud had been sent off in the 18th minute, Carter guided the French giants to a thrilling win in front of 90,000 fans at Barcelona HQ.

Rokocoko's try on the hour mark proved crucial while Imhoff filling in as an emergency scrum-half after Machenaud's dismissal.

Following the revelations that the three players had tested positive for corticosteroids, which are prohibited unless the player(s) have been granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) by the authorities, the club released a statement stating earlier this month stating: "It was treatment administered in an authorised manner, given in response to a proven condition several days before the Top 14 final and not requiring a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption).

"All the medical procedures on the players reported by the media were carried out in total respect of the national and international anti-doping rules."

- Daily Mail

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