Springboks’ player, Bongi Mbonambi, is once again in the spotlight as World Rugby has launched an investigation into an incident involving him and England’s Tom Curry. This comes after Mbonambi was accused of using a racial slur against Curry during the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, a claim that has sparked considerable controversy.
Bongi Mbonambi is Under Investigation by World Rugby
According to reports from the Daily Mail, the incident under investigation by World Rugby is an off-the-ball exchange between Mbonambi and Curry. This alleged incident occurred prior to Curry lodging a complaint with referee Ben O’Keeffe, accusing Mbonambi of a racial slur. Interestingly, the exchange now under scrutiny was not part of the passage of play that led to Curry’s complaint. It is believed that Curry’s complaint was triggered by a comment made when the ball had gone out of play during the semi-finals match, which the Springboks won 16-15.
Bongi Mbonambi continue to train whiles Under Investigation by World Rugby
Despite the ongoing investigation, Mbonambi continues to train with the Springboks. The Citizen reported that Mbonambi participated in training sessions with the Boks on Monday in preparation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup final against the All Blacks on Saturday.
Springboks’ Fans Rally Behind Mbonambi
In response to the investigation and accusations against Mbonambi, Springboks fans have taken to social media to defend their player. They argue that it is normal for the Boks to communicate with each other in Afrikaans during matches and that this should not be misconstrued as racial abuse. Some fans have expressed their belief that the accusations are an attempt to disrupt the team’s dynamics ahead of crucial matches.