Nine SA Rugby Players Found Guilty Of Doping In 2019


According to a report issued by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sports (SAIDS), nine senior SA rugby players have been suspended after found guilty for on anti-doping violations for the period January - November 2019. The names of Chilliboy Ralepele and Aphiwe Dyantyi is not on the list as their cases have not been finalised.

In a report issued on 18 September 2019, it was stated the most tested sport during 2018/19 was athletics with 427, followed by rugby with 342. Rugby had the most ADRVs with 16 – including six schoolboys who were among those tested at the annual Craven Week interprovincial rugby tournament. All six boys tested positive for anabolic steroids. Their names have not been made public as they are minors. No report of transgressions by schoolboy rugby players during the 2019 tournament is known at this stage.

Players suspended from January through November 2019.

Sam Barton (4 years), Moegamat Labib Kannameyer (8 months), Barend van Staden (3 years 9 months), Luciando Newman Santos (4 years), Marchant Henning (4 years), Mthokozisi Gumede (4 years), Renier Els (19 Months), Nhlanhla Mlondobozi (4 years), Keegan Stan Branford (6months).