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Published: 10:08 | 7/10/16

Racing defend Carter and Rokocoko

Former All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko are reported to have provided drug tests which showed anomalies ahead of June's Top 14 final.

French newspaper L'Equipe claimes "traces of corticosteroids" were found in the urine samples provided by Carter, Rokocoko and their Racing 92 team-mate Juan Imhoff ahead of the June 24 decider.

However, Carter and Rokocoko's agent insists the pair had therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), which meant they were allowd to take prescribed medicines as they recovered from injuries.

"We have been aware of the issue for a few weeks. Our understanding and assurances we've had are all the documents around TUEs were in place," Simon Porter told the New Zealand Herald.

However, Racing 92 has said the trio did not need TUEs and took the medication “in full respect of the national and international anti-doping rules”.

A statement from the French club read: "An investigation involving Racing 92 players is today the subject of diverse comments. At the centre of the comments, the alleged use of steroids. Racing 92 would like to bring to the attention of lovers of the club, or rugby, and of sport in general, three comments:

1. We understand the stir caused by the word 'steroid'. This word has strong emotional resonance as it may correspond to immoral and illegal behaviour. It can also correspond to known, legal practices that are justified by medicine.

Its use in public should be controlled, and come with immense precaution as the damage may also leave traces if the subject was classified.

2. Racing 92 wants to affirm with the strongest force that its ethics, its sporting practice, has nothing to do with illegal practices. We are on the side of law, ethics and love of values of a clean sport. We do not shape players, we shape men. Health and morality are two essential requirements.

3. All medical procedures carried out on the players cited by the media were in full respect of the national and international anti-doping rules, both on administrative and medical levels. These treatments administered by a qualified channel, provided in response to proven illnesses, several days before the Top 14 final and not requiring a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption).

Racing 92 engages in collaboration will all authorities in a competent medical investigation to calm the debate and so that a full understanding is brought to the knowledge of all.

"All medical procedures are clear. Transparency will be total.

"We are with alongside who are fighting for a clean and respectful sport. Juan Imhoff, Joe Rokococo and Dan Carter are everyday examples of behaviour, generosity and ethics."

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