🚨Former Ireland legend slams South Africa for ‘culture of cheating’

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Former Ireland star Gordon D’Arcy criticised South Africa’s history with doping after Aphiwe Dyantyi announced his return to Rugby.

After serving a four-year ban from the sport for doping Dyantyi returned to Rugby with the Sharks.

The Springbok’s winger tested positive for an anabolic steroid just before the 2019 Rugby World Cup and received his ban shortly afterwards.

After playing three games for the Sharks on their European tour, Dyantyi made his home debut last week and was given a very good reception.

D’Arcy criticised the reception and claimed, ‘South Africa’s record with this stuff is questionable’.

“Time and again, South Africa’s record with this stuff is questionable, to say the least.” D’Arcy wrote in his Irish Times column.

“ Just this summer, their playmaker Elton Jantjies had to withdraw from the wider Springbok World Cup squad after testing positive for an anabolic steroid,

“In 2020, former South Africa hooker Mahlatse ‘Chiliboy’ Ralepelle was banned for eight years after he tested positive for a banned substance for the third time in a decade.

“These aren’t obscure players. Dyantyi was World Rugby’s breakthrough player of the year in 2018. Jantjies and Ralepelle both played for the Springboks on and off for over a decade. Imagine equivalent Irish players serving long doping bans. Imagine the kind of reception they would get when they came back.

“Yet here’s Rassie Erasmus on Dyantyi earlier this summer. ‘I really hope that he comes back with a bang and he does really well for the Sharks. And I hope we can one day pick him for the Springboks again.’

“Even with the caveat that everyone deserves a second chance, this type of ringing endorsement for a proven doper contributes towards a greying culture of cheating.”

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  1. Who is Gordon D’arcy? I’ve never heard of him, and he’s atypical of many Irish has beens who have issues with SA because they won the WC and the Irish believe they should have. Sad!
    What he misses though is all the SA rugby players who’ve been tested with these steroids are has-beens who obviously feel they need the boost in order to pursue their aging careers. How dare he say it’s a South African thing when he can only quote two has-been players!!

    1. I second that, never heard o the guy….. yeah these UNITED KING”dom” guys need to get over it….. sour pssies need really to grow up.

      1. You uneducated idiot , you don’t even know that Ireland are not part of the United Kingdom .
        Everyone knows SA is full of drug cheats .
        FYI I’m not Irish .

  2. What’s causing the English and Irish so much pain is believing in their own hype and not leaving any room of disappointment in case they don’t win the cup. The cup is gone they need to get over it. Next time be cautiously oppitimistic leave room for disappointment.

  3. Come on guys and stop blaming or bad mouthing South Africa aka Springboks. The RWC2023 is over, finished until 2027. Move on and look forward to RWC2027. Nothing you say will change the final score… Concentrate how your country is going to beat the BOKKE. What a joke you losers are… 😂😂😂

  4. D’arcy was a good player but now just trying to be relevant. Once you’ve served your time there’s no reason not to play. Yes he made a mistake, that’s in the past now, get over yourselves

  5. So what does D’Arcy want to happen? Life bans for these guys? 4yrs away from the sport is a long time,,, no to mention 8.

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