5 Feb 2017

All Black tests positive for banned substance

2:57 pm on 5 February 2017

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed All Black Patrick Tuipulotu has tested positive for a banned substance.

Patrick Tuipulotu leaves the field following a yellow card during the Bledisloe Cup match between the Wallaby's and the All Black's at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Australia on October 18, 2014.

Patrick Tuipulotu Photo: Photosport

In a joint statement, NZR and the Rugby Players Association said the 24-year-old lock forward was provisionally suspended, according to World Rugby Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations, after learning of the test in November 2016.

They said Tuipulotu was shocked by the result. They were trying to identify the source of the substance, which was specified on the agency's prohibited list.

Both NZR and the Players Association said they had strict confidentiality obligations and would not release any further information.