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Rugby Union: Clerc raring to return to training

Toulouse and France wing Vincent Clerc is raring to go as he prepares to return to training after April cruciate knee ligament surgery, coach Jean-Baptiste Elissalde said Monday. "He has been working hard on his rehabilitation and has started pool work," said Elissalde of Clerc, the highest active try scorer in the French squad with 34. Clerc had initially targeted a return in October or November after undergoing rehabilitation at a sports clinic in Saint-Raphael, southern France.

RugbyU: Elissalde senior admits to doping

Former France international scrum-half Jean-Pierre Elissalde admitted on Sunday to having doped during his career. The 59-year-old, whose son Jean-Baptiste also played scrum-half for his country and is presently backs coach at Toulouse, said that there had been nothing out of the ordinary in taking doping products at the time. "In the 1970s and 1980s amphetamines were widely taken," Elissalde told French radio station Radio Bleu. "It was taken by cyclists, by footballers, and obviously by rugby players.
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