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Dan Carter’s manager explains drug test reports

Following reports that Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko tested positive for steroids, management for the former All Blacks have stepped forward to explain the results.
Dan Carter

Former All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko have allegedly tested positive for corticosteroids, a leading French newspaper is claiming.

According to the reports, traces of the substance were allegedly found in urine samples from the two Kiwis and Argentine player Juan Imhoff.

The results are reported to have come from surprise drug tests conducted before the Top 14 final in France this year by French anti-doping agency AFLD.

A manager for Joe and Dan says the pair had been cleared to use prescribed medication.

However, a management representative for Dan and Joe has since explained to the NZ Herald that both players had clearance to use certain types of prescribed medication, under the correct therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs).

“We have been aware of the issue for a few weeks,” said Simon Porter, a player manager from the firm that represents both rugby greats.

“Our understanding and assurances we’ve had are all the documents around TUEs were in place,” he told the NZ Herald.

According to Mr Porter, Dan has been on medication for a calf injury, while Joe was recovering from a knee injury.

The reports of the drug tests were first published by French paper L’Equipe.

Dan, Honor and the kids relocated to France almost two years ago to allow Dan to take up a contract with the Racing Metro 92 club.

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