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Champion New Zealand
horseman Jock Paget faces a
lengthy ban and the loss of his
Burghley eventing title after the
B sample from his horse Clifton
Promise returned a positive test for
a banned substance.
Clifton Promise was tested after
Burghley in September and last
month returned a positive reading
for Reserpine in his blood. It is a
sedative often used to help horses
recover from long term injury or
With the B sample checked
and the same substance found,
Paget now has three weeks to
prepare a dossier of evidence
before appearing in front of
an International Equestrian
e whole process could take
about six weeks.
Equestrian Sports New Zealand
said it had received noti cation
from the International Equestrian
Paget said that while the B sample
result was disappointing, it was
expected as the blood in the B
sample was taken at the same time
as the A sample.
"I will continue to work closely
with my team to provide a full
explanation to the FEI," he said.
ESNZ was noti ed of the
positive test from the A sample
on October 14 and since then
both the rider and horse had been
provisionally suspended from FEI
and national competitions.
Paget has been stood down from
any o cial ESNZ activity while
the legal process is under way.
ESNZ chief executive Jim Ellis
said Paget was understanding
and fully supportive of ESNZ's
position as the FEI judicial process
took its course.
"ESNZ is con dent that he
will provide a full and persuasive
explanation to the FEI."
lengthy ban after
B sample positive
Jock Paget on Clifton Promise.
A day which began badly for
Northern Districts ended rather well
at Seddon Park yesterday.
Nine balls into the Plunket Shield
match, ND had lost experienced
lefthanders Daniel Flynn and Anton
Devcich, both without scoring to be
none for two, and Central Districts'
decision to send their hosts' in was
looking just peachy.
ND recovered to 287 before Tim
Southee whistled out Jamie How
and Carl Cachopa with the rst two
deliveries of CD's innings. Touche,
indeed, and CD will start the second
day on four for two.
Ben Wheeler is a name which is
raised whenever up and coming
seamers are discussed. Injury issues
have curtailed his involvement at
times, but it was the left armer from
Blenheim who put the skids under
ND early with his second and third
A short while later 137 for six did
not bode well for ND. Only opener
Brad Wilson's doughty four-hour
71, his 20th rst-class half century
and second 70 in consecutive shield
innings, had kept ND a oat to that
However Dan Vettori, with some
help from his lower order friends,
righted the innings.
Vettori was last man out for 78, after
two hours at the crease, having put on
65 for the ninth wicket with legspinner
Ish Sodhi, and 39 for the nal wicket
with Trent Boult.
English import Peter Trego was the
most successful of the CD bowlers. e
Somerset allrounder took four for 63,
with the wickets shared between ve.
However, CD might gure they
would let a strong position slip.
All the more so once Southee had
cleared his throat late in the day.
--- New Zealand Herald
Southee adds his touch to Northern Districts' comeback
Andrew Hore has con rmed
he has put on the All Blacks
jersey for the last time and
will now pursue life as a
e veteran hooker
con rmed his retirement
at Auckland Airport this
morning, where he returned
following his team's perfect
"I don't think I'll put on the
All Blacks jersey again. I've
had a good run, and hopefully
I'll get home and make a good
st of my next job, which is
going to be a farmer.
"Hopefully if I do that as
well as I've played rugby
then I shouldn't be going too
Hore, who made his debut
for the All Blacks in 2002,
said he looked forward to
leading a quiet life for a while.
e 35-year-old said the
team's game against Ireland,
where they sealed victory in
the dying seconds, was "pretty
He said he did not have
regrets from his rugby career.
"You have your ups and
downs and you've just got to
ow with them but I think 10
years in the All Blacks makes
you a better person by the time
you come out the other end.
"I've obviously had a few
times ... in the media and that
but mostly it hasn't been too
bad. I'm just going to sit back
and enjoy life now."
All Blacks forwards coach
Mike Cron said Hore's were
big boots to ll.
"He'll be sorely missed, he's
a great team leader."
Andrew Hore announces retirement
PICTURE: Getty Images
Andrew Hore in action against Scotland.
e rst of the world-beating All
Blacks arrived home today for a well-
deserved Christmas break.
In beating Ireland in a nail-biting
game over the weekend, the All Blacks
became the rst team in rugby's
professional era to win every game in
e majority of the team are
still overseas, either holidaying in
Europe, doing commercial work or
playing for the Barbarians in this
weekend's game against Fiji.
But a handful of players, including
Tony Woodcock, Tawera Kerr-Barlow
and Ben and Owen Franks, arrived to
a small but warm welcome at Auckland
Airport this morning.
Among the handful of fans meeting
the All Blacks when they arrived were
Roger Cornish and his two grandsons,
who displayed a banner attached to
a kitchen broom which read "clean
"We knew that it would only be a
few players here but we just thought
they've done such a fantastic job that
even if there's only one of them and the
baggage man we wanted to be here,"
Mr Cornish said.
He said he could not sit still during
the nal game against Ireland, such was
"I was walking around the room in
circles. It was amazing --- it was like
the end of the World Cup nal against
France all over again."
e team's forwards coach Mike Cron
said there had not been time to re ect
since the Ireland game.
"She's been all go since the nal game
so probably next week we'll sit down
at home ... and re ect. It's been a great
e next time the bulk of the All
Blacks squad will likely be together is
at the Steinlager Rugby Awards next
All Blacks feature heavily in the
All Blacks welcomed home
for Christmas break
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