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Ouch! Mapimpi shares pic of battered face – insists he’s ‘all good’

Despite having a battered and bruised face, Springbok Makazole Mapimpi is in good spirits. Here’s what he had to say…

Springbok Makazole Mapimpi has shared a picture of his facial injury with his Instagram followers, and by the looks of it, it’s been a painful recovery.

Earlier this month, the star player returned to South Africa after a facial fracture sustained during a game ruled him out of the Rugby World Cup.



Returning to Instagram after his Rugby World Cup exit, Makazole Mapimpi shared a picture of his swollen and bruised face.

“All good here,” the 33-year-old athlete posted.

Mapimpi’s post comes days after he shared a picture of him enjoying some R&R at the seaside.




According to SA Rugby’s Rassie Erasmus, Mapimpi sustained a severe facial injury after a head-on collision with a Tonga rugby player, which forced him to leave the field.


After being consulted by a medical doctor, the extent of his injury was determined: a fractured cheekbone and eye socket. The recovery time frame was between 4 – 6 weeks.

Rassie said in a media briefing: “We will miss him because he is a brilliant rugby player and a fantastic person.”

Rassie added that should the SA progress to the Rugby World Cup final, he would fly Mapimpi and Malcolm Marx  – who was also injured – back to France.

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