Live

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

LIVE: The Football Show

Warren Gatland has said he held suspicions that one of his Wales players may have been using performance-enhancing drugs.

The former Wales coach was speaking on Off The Ball this evening with the topic of doping in rugby arising when the New Zealander revealed he had suspicions that one of his players may have been using PEDs.

“I think we all want [rugby] to stay as clean as we possibly can.

“You know I haven’t come across personally any players from a Wales perspective that I would - well sorry, maybe one. Maybe one, now that I think about it.

When asked if the person in question played for Wales, Gatland responded, “He may have done, yeah.”

Gatland clarified by pointing out that he had no hard proof that the player was doping, but that teammates had made jokes about it.

“It’s probably a little bit unfair of me to say I had suspicions about one of them because I’ve got no evidence or anything like that.

“Because it’s kind of like just saying, ‘Is there a possibility?’... It was more like a couple of people making jokes sort of thing. And you go, ‘Oh is that…'

“Truth in humour?,” presenter Joe Molloy asked.

“Yeah, exactly,” Gatland responded.

However, Gatland did say that was the only suspicion he had of a player doping during his 12 years as head coach of Wales.

“I’d like to think that the sport is clean. From a New Zealand perspective, I think it’s pretty clean.

“When you go down levels… We’re seeing positives in Wales as well at junior levels and in other nations as well.

“There’s always that temptation in players at wanting to try to play at a higher level and taking the risks at taking drugs. I definitely don’t condone that,” Gatland commented.

Everyone’s in the Team Of Us.

Vodafone. The Official Sponsor of the Irish Rugby Team.

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Doping Peds Rugby Wales Warren Gatland

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Up next

LIVE: Dadcast

LIVE: Dadcast

10:00 PM-11:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

11:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-09:30 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

09:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

European Tour Race to Dubai show

European Tour Race to Dubai show

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on