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Carter, Rokocoko cleared of doping breach

NZN 18/10/2016

Former All Blacks great Dan Carter wants to get on with focusing on rugby again after being cleared of anti-doping breaches by French officials.

Carter, along with Racing 92 teammates Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff, has been absolved of any wrongdoing after a report had claimed traces of steroids showed up in drugs tests taken by the trio after the Top 14 final in June.

French sports newspaper L'Equipe had reported "traces of corticosteroids" - which are used to help reduce inflammation - were found in the urine samples given by the Racing players to the French anti-doping agency.

Carter, former All Black Rokocoko and Argentina international Imhoff maintained their innocence throughout and were defended by their club, whose position has been vindicated by the French Rugby Federation's verdict.

Carter, 34, commented on the issue for the first time after learning of an outcome he had always expected.

"I hold my integrity and the game of rugby's integrity in the highest regard," he wrote on his social media accounts.

"I love this game and owe so much to rugby that I would never do anything intentionally to bring it into disrepute.

"Whilst this whole episode is disappointing and frustrating, I support the authorities who work hard to ensure our game is played fairly. I am glad that we can now put all this behind us so I can now concentrate on playing rugby!"

Carter's manager Simon Porter has previously said Carter was receiving medication for a calf injury while Rokocoko was recovering from a knee problem.

Porter said the correct documentation around the use of TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) for the pair were in place.

Racing 92's initial statement in defence of the players appeared to indicate TUEs were not in place, with the club confident they were not required.

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