Bongi Mbonambi
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Bongi Mbonambi has been named the captain for the South Africa v. Romania match this weekend; he shares his feelings about the honour, Marx’s injury and food.


Stade de Bordeaux, France (15 September 2023) – It’s Bok Friday and that means getting ready for the weekend’s Springbok match against Romania. A few things have happened this week that will make the upcoming game an interesting one.

Bongi Mbonambi has been named the captain for the match against Romania. He is really honoured to take on the role and shares some insight into what he expects for the weekend.

“It’s always a massive honour and privilege to captain the Springboks, especially on the world stage. I still don’t have words for it. Being in a team like this that’s so experienced, all that experience makes my job easier on the day, so I’m looking forward to the game.” – Bongi Mbonambi

Malcolm Marx faced an injury during training this week and is no longer able to take part in this World Cup. According to head coach Jacques Nienaber, the injury was a freak accident that has been felt by the whole team.

Bongi Mbonambi shared his thoughts on Malcolm’s injury, sharing that it was a big loss not only on the field but also because Marx brought so much to the team during the week.

“It’s a really big loss for us as a team not just on the field but off the field, he brings a lot of joy and a lot of love. It’s always a major blow when a freaky accident happens like that. Rugby is a contact sport and most injuries happen during a game but the most freakish and out-of-control injuries actually happen during training. It’s what happened to Malcolm and to myself as well, my injury happened during training. You never know when it’s going to happen so you just try and do your job to the best of your ability, enjoy the rugby, and make all the memories that you can.”

On the lighter side, when asked which meal is Mbonambi’s favourite before a game, he shared that it’s Spaghetti Bolognaise.

As for the team, South Africa and Romania have met just once previously in men’s Test rugby, that fixture taking place during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, with the Springboks winning 21-8 in CapeTown. So it is set to be a very interesting game!

Sources: World Rugby
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