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Wed Apr 23 21:34:15 SAST 2014

Positive dope test for England's Armitage

Sapa-AFP | 26 July, 2012 11:500 Comments
Biarritz Olympique v RC Toulon - Amlin Challenge Cup Final
Steffon Armitage of Toulon walks off after being shown the yellow card during the Amlin Challenge Cup Final between Biarritz and Toulon at the Twickenham Stoop on May 18, 2012 in London, United Kingdom
Image by: Stu Forster / Getty Images

Toulon’s England international flanker Steffon Armitage has tested positive for a product on the World Doping Agency’s banned list, albeit one which could be construed as having therapeutic qualities, the Rugbyrama website reported on Wednesday.

Rugbyrama, the sports website of French daily Midi Olympique, reported that Armitage is understood to have tested for Doliprane codeine — a simple painkiller, in this case for back pain.

The test came following Toulon June 9 Top 14 final loss to Toulouse at Stade de France.

The product can be taken with written medical authorisation as a therapeutic treatment but in Armitage’s case such authorisation was not forthcoming, according to the report, emanating from sources at Midi Olympique whose next edition appears Friday.

Armitage is provisionally suspended prior to an appearance before the French Rugby Federation’s anti-doping commission on August 21, the report added.

Toulon were not immediately available for comment.

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