Doping saga not over for Carter and co.

Date published: January 10 2017

The French Anti-Doping Agency has called Dan Carter and two of his Racing 92 team-mates to appear before them for the use of corticosteroids.

Carter, fellow former All Black Joe Rokocoko and Argentina winger Juan Imhoff were investigated by the medical commission of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) after they tested positive for corticosteroids after the Top 14 final last season.

The trio were cleared in October last year, as was the club’s medical staff, but the Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) president Bruno Genevois told AFP the dossier will be reviewed and that a possible revision of the decision to clear them can be made by the FFR’s medical commisiion.

But FFR president Bernard Laporte played down the significance of the players appearing before the Agency.

“It’s not because they think there’s a fault,” Laporte said.

“On the contrary, the more transparency there is, the better. They’re doing their job, they have the right to check. You can’t be scared of that. At Toulon, we were tested six times in one year.

“We have nothing to hide. They’ll get to the bottom of things. They want to delve deeper, end of story. If they do it, it’s because they have their reason.”

After being cleared by the FFR, Carter and his two club-mates were said to be taking their case to the public prosecutor after confidential medical records were made public by media.