Former All Blacks Carter cleared of doping wrongdoings

Former All Blacks Carter cleared of doping wrongdoings
By Reuters

18/10/2016 at 10:46Updated 18/10/2016 at 14:50

The French rugby authority (FFR) has cleared former All Blacks Dan Carter of any doping wrongdoings after the French Championship final, Rugby's World Player of the Year said on Tuesday.

French newspaper L'Equipe reported earlier this month that tests conducted after the Top 14 final in June, in which Carter's Racing Metro beat Toulon 29-21, showed he had tested positive for corticoids, typically used to treat inflammation or joint pain.

"I just received the ruling from the FFR today," Carter said in a statement on Instagram on Tuesday.

"No surprises that the FFR's ruling was that I'd done nothing wrong. I hold my integrity and the game of rugby's integrity in the highest regard.

"I love this game and owe so much to rugby that I would never do anything intentionally to bring it into disrepute.

"Whilst this whole episode is disappointing and frustrating, I support the authorities who work hard to ensure our game is played fairly. I am glad that we can now put all this behind us so I can now concentrate on playing rugby!"

Carter's agent, Simon Porter, said the 34-year-old, as well at his Racing team mate and fellow former All Black Joe Rokocoko, also named in the allegations, had been granted Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for the prescribed medication as they recovered from injuries.