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Duo set to face committee

South Africa internationals Bjorn Basson and Chiliboy Ralepelle will face a judicial committee in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The players tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine after the Springboks' 23-21 win over Ireland in November and were immediately sent home. Their 'B' samples later also tested positive.

Basson and Ralepelle were suspended under International Rugby Board rules and banned from all rugby activities.

South Africa's team management immediately stopped the use of all supplements and launched an investigation into the source of the positive tests, fearing the substance may have been contained within products supplied to the whole team.

Methylhexaneamine was originally intended to be used as a nasal decongestant but it is now a common ingredient in dietary supplements. It normally stays in the body for 24 hours.

The World Anti-Doping Agency added methylhexaneamine to their banned list in 2009 but downgraded its classification at the start of this year to reflect the number of inadvertent positive tests.


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