Dan Carter says he would never do anything to bring rugby into disrepute

Dan Carter is keen to move on with his life.
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Dan Carter is keen to move on with his life.

New Zealand rugby legend Dan Carter has opened up on social media about the accusations of doping he faced.

Posting on Instagram, Carter said he wasn't surprised to be cleared of any wrongdoing.

"I hold my integrity and the game of rugby's integrity in the highest regard. I love this game and owe so much to rugby that I would never do anything intentionally to bring it into disrepute," he posted online.

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"I appreciate all of the support I have had, it means a lot to me and my family," Carter said.

"Whilst this whole episode is disappointing and frustrating, I support the authorities who work hard to ensure our game is played fairly.

"I am glad that we can now put all this behind us so I can now concentrate on playing rugby!"

French newspaper L'Equipe reported on Monday (Tuesday NZT) that Carter "has been cleared and was notified on Saturday ... following an investigation by the medical commission of the French Rugby Federation".

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Carter, 34, and Racing 92 team-mates Juan Imhoff and Joe Rokocoko, tested positive for corticosteroids after the Top 14 Final win over Toulon, in Barcelona on June 25.

They faced a hearing last week in Paris.

Carter is the current World Rugby player of the year.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) cleared former All Blacks Carter and Rokocoko, as well as their Racing Metro teammate Imhoff, of any doping wrongdoings after the French Championship final, the club said on Tuesday.

French newspaper L'Equipe reported earlier this month that tests conducted after the Top 14 final in June, in which Carter's Racing Metro beat Toulon 29-21, showed the players had tested positive for corticoids, typically used to treat inflammation or joint pain.

"The medical committee of the French Football Federation has dispelled doubts hanging over the medical practice of Racing 92," Racing said in a statement on their website.

"It means that, as we have always said, Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko, Juan Imhoff and Sylvain Blanchard, the club doctor, did not commit any violation of the regulations, not the least ethical violation.

"We look forward to a decision that does not concern only three players but also the club and the image of the whole discipline."

The FFR opened a disciplinary case against the club last week after Racing denied they had breached anti-doping rules.

Carter and Rokocoko's agent, Simon Porter, had earlier said that the duo had been granted Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for the prescribed medication as they recovered from injuries.

- Stuff, Reuters

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