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Carter fails drug test: report

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/10/2016

Traces of steroids were found in the urine of All Blacks great Dan Carter after guiding his French side Racing Metro to the Top 14 title, a French newspaper claims.

L'Equipe claims Carter, fellow former All Black Joe Rokocoko and Argentina's Juan Imhoff all had abnormalities in their urine after tests conducted by the French drug-testing agency following the final in Barcelona on June 25.

The newspaper says according to its information the trio did not have a therapeutic use exemption for the banned corticosteroid which can be used to treat inflammation.

But the management group representing Carter and Rokocoko told the NZ Herald the pair had clearance to use the drug.

"Our understanding and assurances we've had are all the documents around TUEs were in place," Simon Porter from Esssentially Group said.

He said Carter was being treated for a calf injury in the lead-up to the final while Rokocoko was battling a knee injury.

Carter, 34, helped Racing Metro to their first French Top 14 title in 26 years by kicking 15 points to defeat Toulon 29-21 while wing Rokocoko scored a superb try.

Carter joined the French club after being named man of the match as the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup last October after beating Australia 34-17 in the final.

He is the leading Test points scorer, amassing 1598 points in his 13-year All Blacks career over 112 Tests.

Rokocoko, 33, joined Racing Metro last year from Bayonne who he joined after playing 68 Tests for the All Blacks, scoring 46 tries.

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