According to L’equipe, Carter and Rokocoko’s urine returned abnormal levels of steroids following their final French Top 14 rugby match back in June. However, according to the players’ management, both men had correct exemptions for using the banned substance, New Zealand Media and Entertainment reported.
Both Carter and Rokocoko play with Racing 92, who claimed their first title in 26 seasons earlier in the year, defeating Toulon 29-21.
The pair’s management, 'Essentially Group' addressed the issue, stating they understood traces of corticoids were present in the pair’s samples, however in the case of Carter, it was being used to treat a calf injury — which has been cleared under World Rugby’s medical guidelines.
According to L’equipe, having a Therapeutic Use Exemption — as was the case with Carter and Rokocoko didn’t exempt an athlete from facing the French Rugby Federation medical commission in the case of a failed test.