LONDON – Brandon Staples,20, a South African playing second-tier rugby union for Yorkshire Carnegie in England has been banned from all sport for four years by British anti-doping authorities after testing positive for three banned steroids, it was announced on Wednesday 18 April 2018.
Staples failed tests for metandienone, dehydrochloromethyl-Testosterone and stanozolol which was the substance that saw Canada sprinter Ben Johnston stripped of his 100 metres gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
In his defence Staples gave evidence that some seven weeks before he was tested, he was in Durban when he purchased a protein shake from a local supplement shop, which he claims must have been the source of the prohibited substances found in his system.
His original ban was imposed in November 2017 but details were only revealed after the player’s appeal failed.
Back in 2013 Staples, who was considered to be a star player with the potential to become a successful pro one day, was a student at Glenwood High and represented KwaZulu-Natal at the under-16 Grant Khomo Week. By the end of the same year while over in England as an exchange student, he decided to further his rugby career in that country and did not return to play school rugby in SA again. (more details here : http://schoolboyrugby.co.za/?p=6077).
Staples first became part of a ongoing topic of discussion/disagreement in 2012 when he along with a few other sportsmen followed in the footsteps of an aquatics coach that had move from Maritzburg College to Glenwood.