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Springbok Cobus Reinach has spoken out about receiving death threats.
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‘I was going to die’: Springbok shares details of death threats

Springbok Cobus Reinach has spoken out on trolls who threated to kill him and his family after South Africa knocked France out in the RWC.

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Springbok Cobus Reinach has spoken out about receiving death threats.
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Springbok Cobus Reinach has spoken candidly about receiving death threats after he helped South Africa beat France in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

The rugby star – who plays for the French club Montpellier – shared the details in an interview with publication L’Equipe.

According to SA Rugby’s Rassie Erasmus, Reinach’s family were also targeted by online trolls.

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In a tweet posted last month, Rassie Erasmus revealed that trolls had targeted Cobus Reinach and his family after the Springbok’s 29-28 victory over France in the Rugby World Cup.

The rugby boss posted a screenshot of one of the vile messages sent to Reinach, which read: “Dirty son of a b***h. I hope that when you return to Montpellier, you get murdered by French people on the ground. Gang of thieves. Easy to win a title by cheating.”

Speaking to L’Equipe, Cobus revealed details behind the incident.

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He told the publication: “I said after the match that the referee had been good under pressure, which led to me receiving many messages.

“The first message concerned me directly, telling me not to come back to Montpellier; otherwise, I would be killed.

“These people who told me not to come back to Montpellier, that I was going to die, that I was a cheat.”

Rassie Erasmus shared screenshots of the threats Cobus reinach.
Frances Reinach with husband and son at a Springbok Rugby match. Images via Instagram @cobus.reinach

“Then it started to concern my family. People behind their keyboards who can attack your family. They are not the ones making decisions on the field or playing against your team, so clearly, this crosses the line.”

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Asked how he felt about being trolled by French fans despite him playing in the country, he continued: “I don’t want to dwell on it because the French have been incredible, but this online harassment, which is from a minority, must stay out of this game,” he said.


Speaking in a media briefing following the incident, Springbok’s assistant coach, Mzwandile Stick, condemned the online attacks.

He said: “We don’t have a place for hooligans in our game.”

“If somebody has got a problem with that, I think the French authorities will have to deal with that. But from our side, we’ll make sure we protect each other: our players, management, everyone involved. 

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“You win some, lose some as part of the game. Whoever sent that message to the player, I’m really disappointed about that. We’ll keep doing everything in our power to make sure we make our people proud at home”.