UK Prime Minister weighs in on racism allegation against Bongi Mbonambi

Bongi Mbonambi, known as Mbongeni Theo Mbonambi, has garnered attention due to an alleged incident involving a racial insult aimed at England’s Tom Curry.

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Here is some information about the Springboks’ hooker:

The much-anticipated Rugby World Cup 2023 final in Paris between the Springboks and All Blacks is scheduled for Saturday, 28 October.

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As of the time of this publication, it remains uncertain whether Mbonambi will be included in the lineup.

Here’s what we can learn about him:

1. Born on 7 January 1991 in Bethlehem, Free State, Mbongeni Mbonambi hails from there.

2. He made his debut in the Springboks team in June 2016, continuing to play a pivotal role. He has led the Springboks in the absence of captain Siya Kolisi and also when Kolisi is substituted.

3. Mbonambi initiated his professional career with the Blue Bulls before transferring to the Stormers in 2015. In June 2021, he became part of the Hollywoodbets Sharks, sharing the field with several fellow Springboks, including Lukhanyo Am, Eben Etzebeth, and Ox Nche.

4. The 32-year-old is married to Anastacia, and they have a daughter, Esa Khanyisile, who was born in May 2019.

5. According to World Rugby, in February 2018, he confronted a career-threatening medical crisis when his appendix ruptured, necessitating a three-day stay in intensive care. Remarkably, just four months later, he was back as the starting hooker for the Springboks, competing against England.

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