South Africans are pulling down around Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi, after he was accused of racism against an English player on Saturday.
World Rugby has launched an official investigation into allegations that Bongi gave England forward Tom Curry a “white c**t” mentioned.
Although co-coach Daan Human did not want to comment directly on the matter, he told AFP that Mbonambi is a very calm, humble and hard-working player. “He is definitely one of the leaders in the group and a very important part of the puzzle. He is very important for us, like all the other players.” He does say that he has not spoken to Bongi about the allegations. “Actually, I don’t even want to talk about it, because we have a World Cup final in a period of six days.”
Kobus Wiese, ex-Bok lock, believes the Springboks should not pay attention to news about these allegations. “The press is milking this thing, but the Goats just have to rule it out.” He does not believe the case will have an influence on the team’s attitude before Saturday’s final.
A video has also been shared on X (Twitter) in which Mbonambi can be heard repeatedly shouting in Afrikaans, “white side, white side”, the moment when the English changed direction during the game, possibly in an attempt to confuse the defenders. warn. Moments later, Curry approaches the referee with the allegation of racism.
Bok lock Jean Kleyn briefly referred to the allegations. “Bongi is a wonderful guy. I’ve known him since we played together at the Stormers. He is passionate and a family man. I don’t think there’s anyone in the team who doesn’t like him.”
Zizi Kodwa, minister of sports, arts and culture, said on X on Monday “we support you, Bongi, and the rest of the Springboks, as you prepare for the World Cup final”.
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