Word Rugby's decision is not being passed on to our neighbors across the Channel. Despite the accusations of Tom Curry, who announced that he had been called a “white cunt” by Mbonambi during the semi-final between the English and the South Africans, World Rugby announced that it did not have enough evidence to accuse the Springbok hooker.
An announcement which caused the English Federation to react, via an official press release: “The RFU fully supports Tom Curry in his speech on the racist behavior he suffered while playing for England against South Africa” . A message of confidence for his player, who would have been the victim of “the same insult from the same player” in 2022 (video below).
The RFU notably considered that the decision had been taken too quickly: “The RFU is deeply disappointed by the decision taken by World Rugby. The decision not to present the evidence before an independent disciplinary panel deprived the disciplinary process of the opportunity to hear Tom Curry's voice and independently evaluate his account of these serious events, as well as other available evidence. »
The England international also received the support of his federation in the face of the cyberharassment to which he was subjected: “The RFU and the England team condemn the disgusting insults that he and his family have suffered on social networks because that he had the courage to highlight unacceptable behavior which has no place in society or on the rugby field, in the eyes of the public.
South African captain Siya Kolisi explained that he contacted the England flanker after the incident: “I spoke to him, I sent him a message. He's someone I respect. We, the players, are capable of handling that but when it affects families, it’s different.” The future Racing 92 player added: “I told him that we were behind him, that we were thinking of him.”
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