No evidence against Bongi after Curry’s ‘race complaint’


South Africa’s stalwart hooker, Bongi Mbonambi (32), who had to endure a wave of abuse in the past few days after being accused of a racist remark on the field, is not charged with any offence.

World Rugby confirmed on Thursday morning that there is “insufficient evidence” against this Springbok and the case is now “considered closed”.

As reported earlier, World Rugby has started an official investigation into a complaint that Mbonambi called English forward Tom Curry a “white c**t” during last weekend’s World Cup semi-final.

“After considering all the available evidence, including match footage, audio and evidence from both teams, the governing body has determined that at this stage there is insufficient evidence to proceed with charges.

“Therefore, the matter is considered closed, unless additional evidence comes to light,” World Rugby said in a statement.

“World Rugby has reviewed the allegations in light of a further allegation that has recently emerged regarding a previous match in the Autumn Nations series in 2022. World Rugby takes any allegation of discrimination extremely seriously and it warrants thorough investigation.

“It is important to note that World Rugby accepts that Tom Curry made the allegations in good faith, and that there is no indication that they were deliberately false or malicious.”

World Rugby says it is also concerned about the abuse on social media platforms to which both players have been subjected this week.

“There is no place in rugby or society for discrimination, abuse or hate speech, and World Rugby encourages supporters to embrace the sport’s values ​​of respect, integrity and solidarity.”