Fri, 13 Dec 2019

Cape Town - Former Springbok lock Springbok doping accusation | Irish legend has his say

Wentzel, who played two Tests for the Boks in 2002, said rumours of steroid use at schools level was especially alarming.

"From what one hears the steroid use at schoolboy level is quite rife but is it because we are so competitive and there are so many players? It might spring from that because rugby is such a big cultural phenomenon. It is up to the coaches and parents to police the use of steroids but kids are kids.

"In today's age you can't stop them and if they want something they'll get it. The standard of our schoolboy rugby is unbelievable, it's highly competitive and players are massive. I agree it should be more about the enjoyment factor than results at schoolboy level but how do you reverse the trend at this point? It's easier said than done - you can't reverse what is happening now and say ahead of the Paarl Boys' High v Paarl Gimnasium derby, 'Boys, take it easy.'"

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