19 Oct 2016

Carter keen to put doping saga behind him

11:45 am on 19 October 2016

Former All Black Dan Carter says he wants to move on and focus on playing rugby after being cleared of doping.

Dan Carter on Instagram

Dan Carter on Instagram Photo: Instagram

The Racing 92 first-five says the French Rugby Federation (FFR) told him the news overnight.

"I just received the ruling from the FFR today," Carter said in a statement on Instagram.

Carter had tested positive for corticosteroids following the French Club final in June.

His agent, Simon Porter, said the 34-year-old, as well at his Racing team mate and fellow former All Black Joe Rokocoko, had been granted Therapeutic Use Exemptions for the medication as they recovered from injuries.

A French Rugby Federation (FFR) investigation cleared the duo Carter of any doping wrongdoing.

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 he had tested positive for the steroids, typically used to treat inflammation or joint pain.

"No surprises that the FFR's ruling was that I'd done nothing wrong. 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.

"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!"