South African school rugby suffering rise in steroid use

Anti-doping chiefs in South Africa have expressed alarm at evidence that coaches and parents are complicit in what appears to be the growing use of anabolic steroids by schoolboy rugby players. Drug tests at this year’s Craven Week, South Africa’s annual festival for leading players aged 16 to 18, led to six positive findings for steroids. Each of the players had taken a cocktail of banned drugs and some of them had been injected by their parents. There is also evidence that drug-taking by boys hoping to make it as professionals begins when they are as young as 14.

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