SA Rugby were scrambling to refute the damning allegations leveled at them by sections of the South African media just hours before the important Springbok fixture. Rugby Championship confront Argentina Saturday evening.
Earlier Saturday sarugbymag.co.za published an article claiming that the publication report was due to publish an article on Sunday, with allegations of recreational drug use by Bok players.
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Several media houses subsequently contacted SA Rugby and their players to follow up on the story, but were met with strong resistance to the allegations.
SA Rugby then issued a statement stating:
“SA Rugby is aware that unsubstantiated allegations of failed recreational drug tests by Springbok players are circulating among members of the media.
“Disappointingly, these claims have already surfaced online despite the lack of any evidence to back them up.
“SA Rugby has always informed all interested media that no such report has been received by SA Rugby or any player from the sole authority authorized to carry out such testing, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport. SA Rugby does not carry out its own testing.
“Despite the absence of such reports, the players and management in Argentina have been contacted to ‘tell their story’, distracting and destabilizing the whole camp in the build-up to today’s test against Argentina in Buenos Aires. .
“SA Rugby would like to reiterate that it has no evidence of adverse test results for any type of drug – whether performance enhancing or recreational – by Springbok players and considers the publication or threat to publish such allegations as a deliberate attempt to sabotage the team’s preparations.”
These allegations come on the heels of The Elton Jantjies Affair allegations, which have already heavily damaged the image of the Boks over the past week.
The kick off between Argentina and South Africa on Saturday is at 9:10 p.m.