Fri, 20 Sep 2019

Cape Town - Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has tested positive for a banned substance.

Dyantyi has requested the testing of a 'B' sample after the Lions wing, capped on 13 occasions by the Springboks, had a urine sample, given on July 2 while attending a Springbok training camp, returned positive for a banned substance on August 14 by South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).

In a media statement issued on Saturday via his agent Gert van der Merwe, Dyantyi, denied any wrongdoing.

Dyantyi has not featured for the Springboks this season with reports suggesting he is still struggling with an injury.

Despite a stellar start to his Springboks career when he was named World Rugby's Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2018, he is not expected to be included in national coach Rassie Erasmus' 31-man squad for this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan which will be announced at 15:00 on Monday - which will be Dyantyi's 25th birthday.

Dyantyi made his Springbok debut in June last year against England at Ellis Park and played his last Test against Wales in Cardiff on the end of year tour.

Full statement on Aphiwe Dyantyi failed doping test:

Complied by Garrin Lambley

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