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Friday, 26 July, 2002, 06:02 GMT 07:02 UK
Tune faces tribunal
Ben Tune in action for the Wallabies against New Zealand
Ben Tune will wear the number 14 shirt in Brisbane
Australia winger Ben Tune has been ordered to attend a tribunal which will investigate allegations he took a banned drug.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has appointed a three-man commission to investigate events surrounding the results of a private test that showed traces of probenecid in a sample taken from Tune in March 2001.

Tune had been given the drug to speed recovery from an infected knee.

The ARU has admitted it was wrong not to bring to the attention of the IRB immediately.

Tune is currently preparing for Saturday's Tri-Nations match against South Africa.

Springbok team manager Gideon Sam dismissed suggestions that a body other than the ARU should have appointed the commission.

"We have enough confidence in their integrity and that they will do justice to the whole case," Sam said.

"It's for the ARU and the IRB to sort out. We are not going to doubt their integrity."

Springbok skipper Corne Krige said his side had put the issue to one side.

"It's now Friday and the whole team isn't thinking about the Ben Tune issue because we've got a Test match to think about," he said.

"But it might be a huge motivator for him.

"He might be thinking, 'I'm not going to play a Test again'."

A date for the hearing has yet to be set although it will not take place before Australia against New Zealand in Sydney on 3 August.


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