Springboks star opens up on horrific abuse he received following World Cup win
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Springboks star Cobus Reinach has revealed that he received death threats following South Africa’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over France.
Reinach started the game which saw South Africa knock out the hosts with a 29-28 win before going on to lift the Webb Ellis trophy once again with victories over Argentina and New Zealand in the semi-finals and final respectively.
The scrumhalf plays his rugby with Montpellier in the Top 14 and was told not to return to the club or he would be “killed” after he praised the referee for his performance under pressure.
The threats continued after that, with his family and friends also targeted.
“I said after the match that the referee had been good under pressure, which led to me receiving many messages,” he told L’Equipe.
“The first message concerned me directly, telling me not to come back to Montpellier, otherwise I would be killed.
“Then it started to concern my family. People, behind their keyboards, who can attack your family. They are not the ones making decisions on the field or playing against your team, so clearly, this crosses the line.”
Reinach has since returned to action with the French side but has called for horrific abuse like this to be stamped out of the game.
“I don’t want to dwell on it because the French have been incredible, but this online harassment, which is from a minority, must stay out of this game,” he said.
“These people who told me not to come back to Montpellier, that I was going to die, that I was a cheat.”