Injured Bok star Mbonambi could be off the field for six months
The Sharks have lost Bongi Mbonambi and Vincent Koch due to knee injuries.
Bongi Mbonambi picked up a knee injury during the recent Rugby World Cup final. Picture: RvS.Media/Sylvie Failletaz/Getty Images
Bongi Mbonambi, a 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok, could be sidelined for six months due to a knee injury, Sharks coach John Plumtree said on Wednesday.
“Bongi could be out for six months,” said New Zealander Plumtree after the Durban-based Sharks returned from a United Rugby Championship tour of Europe in which they lost all four games.
South Africa next play in July 2024, hosting Ireland in a two-Test series. The Irish beat the Springboks in a World Cup pool match, but lost to New Zealand in the quarter-finals.
England forward Tom Curry accused Mbonambi of making a racial slur in the World Cup semi-finals, but World Rugby found insufficient evidence and closed the case.
Further bad news for the Sharks is that another Springbok two-time World Cup winner, tighthead prop Vincent Koch, will be out of action for up to three months due to a knee injury.