The South African rugby team, the Springboks, could potentially face a ban on playing their national anthem or flying the South African flag in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. This comes after the country failed to comply with a new anti-doping code set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). South Africa’s government has not updated its anti-doping code to align with the 2021 WADA code, which came into force this year. The country has until October 13 to rectify the situation before facing the initial repercussions.
Additionally, former France international rugby player Olivier Magne has criticized England’s negative approach to the Rugby World Cup. Magne expressed disappointment in George Ford’s performance in the opening match against Argentina and the subsequent victory over Japan. He described the English team as “ugly” and lacking desire, joy, and consistency. Magne believes that England has the potential to play better rugby and hopes for a more stable situation in the future to produce a strong England team.