South African rugby was stunned by the news that two players tested positive for using banned substances during a recent routine testing.
According to a Supersport report, South African Rugby Union (SARU) have confirmed that the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) informed them that two players from differents unions tested positive and the process for the players' hearing will now follow its course.
SARU would not name the players, saying it is protocol to protect their identities and the matter has been referred back to SAIDS.
SAIDS chief executive Khalid Galant revealed that the players were told of the positive tests through their unions.
Although players could ask for a B-sample to be tested, it is not a mandatory next step in cases like these.
“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.
The players are now expected to respond to the findings and must decide if they will contest it. If they are found guilty, they face suspensions of between two and four years.