Disgraced rugby star rules out comeback

09 November 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga

Former Welwitschias star, Arthur Bouwer, who is currently serving a four-year ban after testing positive for an anabolic steroid in 2016, has ruled out a comeback in the field of play when his ban comes to an end in mid-2020. 

Bouwer, a former scrum half, tested positive for an anabolic steroid called Turinabol on 15 June 2016 in Bucharest, Romania, where he was representing Namibia at the Nations Cup.
He admitted at the time that he was negligent, but denied that he had intentionally taken a prohibited substance.
During an investigation carried out by World Rugby's judicial committee, it came to light that Bouwer had received two tablets of the drug while on holiday in Europe in October 2015 from another tourist called Antonio.
Bouwer took the same 'combo' towards the end of May 2016 and on 15 June he tested positive for the prohibited substance in Bucharest.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, Bouwer, who also played for Wanderers Rugby Club in the Namibia Rugby Premier League, made it clear that he has no intention of playing rugby ever again.
“Since my ban I started my own company called Am Renovations. I had to keep myself busy especially now that I have not been playing rugby. I have no plans to play again, but I do have plans to coach one day.  I want to coach because of the love of the game,” Bouwer said.
The 28-year-old has played for Namibia 15 times since making his debut against Senegal in 2012. He last played for the national team against Uganda in June 2016.
Bouwer said he felt let down by his so-called friends at the time when he was being investigated by World Rugby.
“I have learned who my true friends are because true friends will always stick with you through bad times. People like to use you only to benefit themselves,” he said. 
Bouwer was a regular starter for the national team under former coach, Danie Vermeulen, but was left out of the squad that participated at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
“After the 2015 Rugby World Cup I did not want to play for Namibia anymore because I felt the selectors lacked a bit of loyalty. 
“After playing in all 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying matches the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) board chose the World Cup team and not the coach which is not right.  Maybe the reason why I was left out of the squad was because none of my family members is close to any of the board members, but that is all history now,” he said.


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