Former Springboks hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has been whacked with a huge eight-year doping ban, effectively ending the forward’s career.
South Africa’s Institute for Drug-free Sport handed down the decision 18-months after the hooker tested positive to banned substance, anabolic agent Zeranol, during an out-of-competition test in January last year.
“The athlete challenged the doping charge and was afforded the opportunity to seek legal counsel to present his case and version of events to the Independent Doping Tribunal Panel,” the body said in a statement.
“The hearings were adjourned multiple times and were held over a period of six months. The panel reached a decision first on the merits of the case where they found the player guilty of a doping offence.
“The Zeranol positive case was his third positive dope test during his playing career within a 10-year period, however the player’s first positive case was ruled a ‘no fault decision’ and he then received a reprimand.”
The 33-year-old hooker served a two-year suspension between 2014 and 2016 after he failed an out-of-competition test while playing for French club Toulouse.
Ralepelle is the first black player to captain South Africa in a non-test clash against a World XV in Leicester in 2006.
He has 21 days to answer the charge and his lawyer, Hendrik Hugo, told local media there were “good grounds” for appeal.