Ex-Ireland lock accuses Springboks of cheating with drugs to win Rugby World Cup

Former Ireland lock Neil Francis says an asterisk should be put next to the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup win because of drug abuse.   Francis, who played 36 Tests for Ireland between 1987 to 1996, shared his views via a column for the Irish Independent. Francis, nowadays a rugby pundit, said he is “fairly certain” there is a “steroid culture” in South Africa after Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi tested positive for “multiple” banned substances earlier this year.   Francis wrote:   How certain are we when we point a finger…

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Springbok Rugby Legend, “The Beast”, retires at the top

Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok legend Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira has announced his retirement from international rugby.   The 34-year-old veteran of 117 Tests confirmed his decision after a monumental performance in his final match, Saturday’s emphatic, 32-12, victory over England in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan. Mtawarira made his senior provincial debut for the Sharks in 2006 and won his first Springbok cap in 2008, setting records on the way. ‘Beast’ became the third most-capped Springbok (behind Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana), the most capped prop, made the…

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