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Dopers should be kicked out of Irish rugby, blasts Henry


By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Chris Henry believes provinces importing convicted dopers sends the wrong message to youngsters in academies.

With South African Gerbrandt Grobler set to make his debut for Munster - the second row was banned after a positive test for an anabolic steroid in 2014 - the subsequent storm saw the IRFU say yesterday they would review their policies around signing players with a doping history.

"If foreign players have been caught doing that, it is hindering home-grown players who are doing it the right way," said Henry who believes in a zero tolerance approach. "You look at guys who have made the massive contributions, the Robbie Diacks, the Rob Herrings, that's fantastic that they have decided to come over here and contribute and do it the right way. But if someone is going to take shortcuts and it is going to close the door for a home-grown player, that is unacceptable. If you asked most players from Ireland they'd say the same."

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