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Dyantyi's positive B sample result is dividing opinion

There is a clear split in opinion among fans in the wake of Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi testing positive for anabolic steroids.

After acknowledging last Saturday that he had failed a drugs test, the 2018 World Rugby breakthrough player of the year demanded his B sample was tested.

However, instead of exonerating him, the second sample confirmed the presence of banned anabolic steroids and metabolites substances. Despite the results, that has not stopped a huge number of fans on social media leaping to the 25-year-old’s defence. 

The winger missed the entire Rugby Championship with a hamstring injury, and some have suggested that some medication he took may have caused him to fail the test. However, he failed his July 2 drugs test with a sample taken before he sustained his injury. 

Nonetheless, many feel that he still may not have knowingly taken steroids and he has rather trusted the wrong people with his health. The 13-cap Springbok has passionately refuted taking steroids – and many clearly believe him, or at least believe that he is ignorant of ever taking them. 

There have also been suggestions that this is a sabotage plot to ruin a promising player’s World Cup and his career. While this conspiracy theory has been held by a lot of people since the revelation was first announced regarding the failed drugs test, it would be very hard to prove.

Ultimately, given what Dyanyti achieved last year in the game, many fans simply do not believe that he would jeopardise his career by taking such a huge risk. This is what has been said: 

On the other hand, there are those on Twitter that are not as sympathetic with the player. The primary reason is that it seems strange a player could take three banned substances without knowing. 

With regards to the alleged attempts to sabotage his World Cup, it has been highlighted that Rassie Erasmus had already made it clear that Dyantyi was unlikely to make the World Cup, meaning there was not necessarily anything to the suggested sabotage. This is what has been said: 

While there is a split in opinion, the majority of fans seem to feel that Dyantyi would not have knowingly taken steroids. 

If the Lions winger still pleads his innocence, there will be a hearing in four weeks where he will need to provide evidence. But if he is found guilty, he could face a minimum of four years out of the game, which would send shockwaves through the rugby world. 

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Dyantyi's positive B sample result is dividing opinion