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Players should be drug-tested every day, insists O'Callaghan

By Cian Tracey

Published 14/10/2016

Donncha O’Callaghan has never seen evidence of team-mates taking banned substances
Donncha O’Callaghan has never seen evidence of team-mates taking banned substances

Donncha O'Callaghan believes that rugby players should be drug-tested by their clubs on a daily basis and has hit out at the level of certain methods of testing.

The former Munster and Ireland second-row, now playing with Worcester, said he would be naive to think that no players he played with ever took banned substances, but is adamant that he has never seen any evidence of it.

Rugby has been put in the spotlight over the last week after Dan Carter and two of his Racing 92 team-mates tested positive for corticosteroids.

The former All Black out-half has pleaded his innocence and an investigation is ongoing, but O'Callaghan insists that clubs should be doing more.

"I would be naive to think that it doesn't go on within the squads I have been involved in and teams I'm with, but I've never come across it," O'Callaghan said. "For me it's cheating.

"There's an onus on clubs as well. If it is going on, I would be fully in favour of testing every morning. What's more worrying is that you look around dressing-rooms now and the amount of pain killers that fly around before games."

Meanwhile, Munster boss Rassie Erasmus insists that the ongoing Racing 92 drugs row will not affect his side's preparations for Sunday's clash in France.

"It shouldn't have any influence," he said. "Let justice take its course."

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