Bongi Mbonambi, the Springbok hooker who was injured in the World Cup final, has a knee problem and could be out for six months, his Durban Sharks coach John Plumtree announced on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old, 2019 and 2023 world champion with South Africa, had to leave his teammates after three minutes of play in the final against New Zealand on October 28 in Paris, victim of a twisted right knee .

Mbonambi found himself at the center of a controversy after the semi-final of the World Cup won by the Boks against England, when the Englishman Tom Curry accused him of having made a racist insult against him during the match. But the governing body of world rugby, World Rugby, after an investigation, considered that there was “insufficient evidence to initiate proceedings”.