Ex-French prop's doping claim
Former France prop Laurent Benezech continued to make controversial claims about doping in rugby. Paris – Former France prop Laurent Benezech continued to make controversial claims about doping in rugby on Thursday by telling the French Senate he believes he was given illegal substances during the 1995 World Cup. Last month Benezech claimed doping in rugby was as bad as in cycling and that those involved in running the sport were turning a blind eye to it, in much the same way as cycling had prior to the Festina scandal in 1998.
Now, in his latest broadside against the cleanliness of rugby, Benezech said he had a strong inclination that he was given doping products during the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, where France reached the semi-finals before losing narrowly to the hosts. The former Toulouse and Racing Metro front-row said it was while being treated with cortisone for a retinal detachment in 1999 that he worked out he'd already been given that substance once before, at the 1995 World Cup.
That feeling reminded me that I'd had it once before at a specific time in my career,” he said. Benezech also claimed that the culpability went right to the top.
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