The latest doping scandal involving Chiliboy Ralepelle broke out in March 2019, following an off-competition drug test.
Former Springbok hooker, Chiliboy Ralepelle has copped an eight-year ban from professional rugby, almost 18 months after returning a positive test for a banned substance.
The ex-Bulls front-row forward was plying his trade at the Sharks when he underwent an out-of-competition drug test in January 2019. Two months later, it emerged that he had tested positive for Zeranol, a banned steroid.
Chiliboy Ralepelle cops hefty doping ban
Ralepelle had challenged the outcome of the test and was afforded the opportunity to state his case before a panel.
According to the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), the hearings took place 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,” read the statement.
South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport
An unceremonious end
This comes after two previous drug previous doping cases against Ralepelle, the first of which was ruled a “No-Fault” decision.
This means that the latest guilty-verdict is his second in the space of ten years, which has resulted in a ban set to only expire on 27 January 2027.
Now 33, the player could see his once-promising career come to a premature end should his appeal – which he is required to file within 21 days – not be successful.
Ralepelle’s last competitive appearance in a top-level fixture came in October 2018 when he came off the bench during the Sharks’ victory against Western Province in the 2018 Currie Cup final.
Following the positive drug test in January, he was let go by the Durban-based franchise ahead of the 2019 Super Rugby season.
The player had previously served a two-year doping ban, which resulted in the termination of his contract with French outfit Toulon back in 2016.
He has made a total of 27 appearances for the Springboks, including a tour match in 2006, where he was named captain against a World XV in Leicester.