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Springboks hooker Bongi Mbonambi. Photo: SA Rugby.

Springboks v England: South African player accused of racism

Beaten semi-finalists England have cried foul over an incident in which Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi allegedly used a ‘racial slur’ around one of their players.

Springboks hooker Bongi Mbonambi Springbok

Springboks hooker Bongi Mbonambi. Photo: SA Rugby.

The Springboks dug deep to snatch an unlikely 16-15 victory over England in what was a classic semi-final arm-wrestle to advance to the grand finale of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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But while South Africans are still coming down from the high of the nerve-wrecking victory, England have come out with an extraordinary accusation against one of the biggest stars and most influential players in the Springboks’ ranks.

At the 30-minute mark of the riveting Test encounter, England flank Tom Curry was seen approaching the referee even though he is not the English captain.

Well, according to a report published in the Telegraph on Sunday, Curry’s interaction with referee Ben O’Keeffe was actually the moment he complained to the official that Bongi Mbonambi spewed an offensive racial slur at him.

Curry alleges that Mbonambi called him a “white c***”.

Curry could be heard asking referee “Sir, sir, if their hooker calls me a white c**t, what do I do?” to which the O’Keeffe replied: “Nothing, please.”

The England camp is adamant that Mbonambi’s uttering was caught on the referee’s microphone; but the report then goes on to state that there is no audible evidence of Mbonambi’s alleged abuse.

Mbonambi and Curry also refused to shake each other’s hands after the final whistle sounded.

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The Springboks celebrate their win over England. Photo by AFP