Breaking news. More to follow I'm sure.
It's being covered in the general thread, but it's probably worth its own one. Imhoff and Rockokoko implicated too. If Carter, the shining light of brains over brawn rugby, is on juice then I fear for the future of the game.
I've always found it crazy that so many assume rugby is clean. Silly when you consider how much emphasis there is on power, strength and size in the professional game. I wouldn't be surprised if it was rampant.
Carter testing positive would be a disaster though.
Bit strange they'd all be juicing before a final. Probably only 3 tested too and for all them to show up positive implies to me it must be some team supplement they were on.
It would be sad for the game of rugby if their golden boy was on steroids, but to be honest I am not surprised by any 'drugs in sport' revelation these days.
No doubt we will discover he has asthma, like every other top athlete in the world, or had a flu and took the wrong medicine.......unlikely he will come out and admit he's guilty.
Posted this in the general thread just to give some context to the type of steroids they are accused of having taken:
Long exhaustive season, maybe they needed a little something to get through the last game and thought they could get away with it in Spain who's sports stars have a history of accusations of steriod abuse/cover up.
NZ Herald suggesting the players in question had a TUE. Parallels to be drawn with Wiggins.
.... and there's their get-out clause....I had asthma..
Come on, you're fooling no-one.
And hop. Like moths to a light a whole lot of posters never seen before appear magically in the rugby forum.
I'll eat my hat if Carter took PEDs.
There are many types of steroids and many indications.
Corticosteroids cause you to LOSE muscle bulk for example.
Corticosteroids only cause you to lose muscle mass if taken repeatedly over long periods.
On the other hand, a single corticosteroid injection could allow you to play a match you would otherwise miss through injury and is very much performance-enhancing.
But I'm sure they all had TUEs in place and nothing major will come of this.
Gavin Mortimer on twitter explaining the morning papers says:
So Carter's manager claims they had a TUE, L'Equipe claim they don't. It'll all come down to that I'm sure.
The Tue system is being abused. It's needs to be clamped down on.
Oddly the only sportspeople with asthma seem to be winners of something which then have a positive test.
If there's only 7 TUEs granted across a league as big as the Top 14 then I don't think that's a sign of it being abused tbh, that's one player for every two teams.
The end of all this will be the discovery that actually, they had TUEs but they weren't filed properly with the correct authority. Racing will be given a fine and case closed.
In the meantime, the following will happen:
- A plethora of players, ex-players and coaches will tell us that the players involved are "not that sort of bloke".
- Loads of pundits will use this as evidence that rugby has its head in the sand on doping, can't ignore this etc. First up; Neil Francis.
- The NZ media will a) question the motivation of the people breaking the story and b) dig up as many stories as they can of French athletes with doping histories.
- Stories to emerge of how much this could cost Carter in lost endorsements.
Fun times ahead but ultimately it will all be grand.