South Africa Stands by 'Great Guy' Bongi Mbonambi Amid Racial Slur Investigation

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South Africa Stands by ‘Great Guy’ Bongi Mbonambi Amid Racial Slur Investigation

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World Rugby is on a mission to expedite their investigation into Tom Curry’s allegations, with the looming Paris final creating a sense of urgency.

As South Africa prepares for the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand this Saturday, the Springboks have rallied around Bongi Mbonambi, offering support and emphasizing his exceptional character. This support comes in the wake of England’s Tom Curry accusing Mbonambi of using a racial slur during the semi-final clash.

The allegation in question revolves around Curry’s claim that Mbonambi directed a derogatory term towards him during South Africa’s narrow 16-15 victory over England in Paris. The global governing body, World Rugby, is actively looking into Curry’s allegation and is keen to conclude the investigation as swiftly as possible.

Meanwhile, Mbonambi has continued his preparations for the forthcoming final, though an air of uncertainty persists while the investigation remains ongoing.

Daan Human, the Springboks’ forwards coach, praised Mbonambi, describing him as a down-to-earth, humble individual and a great asset to the team. Human’s admiration extended to Mbonambi’s importance within the squad, highlighting his leadership qualities and the positive impact he has made over the past six years as a part of the group.

Mbonambi’s role in the final remains uncertain, and the Springboks are unable to call up a replacement if he is suspended. His significance to the team has grown significantly since Malcolm Marx’s tournament was cut short due to a knee injury. Mbonambi played the entirety of the semi-final, with Deon Fourie taking on a versatile role from the bench, covering both hooker and back row as South Africa closed the gap on England’s lead.

South Africa also has Marco van Staden in their squad, a former Leicester flanker with the ability to cover the hooker position. He has been training in the front row throughout the World Cup.

New Zealand’s defense coach, Scott McLeod, emphasized the potential impact of any suspension for Mbonambi on the Springboks, calling it a significant blow. Mbonambi is seen as a leader within the team, even taking on the role of captain when Siya Kolisi is off the field, making his absence a potentially impactful factor in the final showdown.

Reference:

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/rugby/bongi-mbonambi-south-africa-rugby-world-cup-b1115577.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/bongi-mbonambi-racial-slur-tom-curry-springboks-b2434554.html

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