Bongi Mbonambi: World Rugby to overview South Africa star’s alleged use of racial slur

Bongi Mbonambi plays against England in the 2023 Rugby World Cup semi-final
South Africa narrowly defeated England 16-15 within the World Cup semi-final

World Rugby has confirmed it is going to formally overview the alleged use of a racial slur by South Africa hooker Bongi Mbonambi in direction of England's Tom Curry.

If banned, Mbonambi may miss the ultimate in opposition to New Zealand on Saturday.

World Rugby mentioned it is going to take the allegation “extraordinarily critically”.

The governing physique confirmed it is going to make no additional touch upon the incident till the conclusion of its overview course of.

England flanker Curry was requested after the match whether or not one thing untoward had been mentioned to him by Mbonambi.

“Yeah,” he replied, earlier than including that “it doesn't must be talked about”.

It appeared that Mbonambi refused to shake Curry's hand because the acrimony between the 2 sides continued following the ultimate whistle.

Groups are given as much as 36 hours after the end result of matches to refer incidents to the citing commissioner.

Mbonambi is the one specialist hooker within the South Africa squad, with the workforce's administration having opted to switch the injured Malcolm Marx with fly-half Handre Pollard earlier within the event.

SA Rugby – the South African rugby union – had already began its personal investigation into Curry's declare.

“We're conscious of the allegation, which we take very critically, and are reviewing the out there proof,” it mentioned.

“We are going to have interaction with Bongi if something is discovered to substantiate the declare.”

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