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Rugby World Cup racism storm takes fresh twist as tournament set for overhaul

South Africa hooker Bongi Mbonambi is said to have been “perfect” in training ahead of the World Cup final, despite the racism storm surrounding him.

Mbonambi was accused by England’s Tom Curry of calling him a racial slur, which World Rugby are investigating.

But Springbok assistant coach Daan Human has insisted that it has not hampered preparation for Saturday’s final.

“He had a perfect training this afternoon, well not perfect but we strive to have a perfect training. I can’t really comment on that,” Human said.

“Bongi has been part of this group for the last six years. He is a very important piece of our puzzle, he is definitely very important to us like all the other players.

“He is definitely one of our leaders in the group as well, a great guy. A great family man and I know his kids always look after my kids when they come to the hotel. He is a very humble guy, down to earth and a very hard worker like all the other players, which they should be if they want to play for the Springboks.

“I haven’t discussed that [with him]. But to be straightforward and honest with you, he is a calm guy. He is well-spoken and I don’t want to actually go into it because we have a World Cup final in six days’ time. Like I said I am more concentrated on the forwards.”

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