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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 August, 2003, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Cronje escapes racism charges
South African lock Geo Cronje
Cronje's case was settled internally
Springbok lock Geo Cronje will be available for World Cup selection, despite recent allegations of racism made against him.

On Saturday, the South African Rugby Football Union (Sarfu) announced that the 23-year-old would not face disciplinary action, following the completion of an internal investigation.

Cronje was axed on Thursday after it was alleged he had refused to share a room with a black player Quinton Davids.

But on Saturday, Sarfu announced in a statement: "The investigation found that there was not conclusive evidence to support or justify that Cronje had breached Sarfu's code of conduct.

"Disciplinary proceedings against him based on the acts of racism were accordingly not warranted or justified at this stage.

"Should further evidence or information reveal a possible breach of the code of conduct by Cronje, the matter will be reinvestigated."

Last year, black Springbok wing Chester Williams, who was in the 1995 World Cup squad, revealed in his biography that racial prejudice remained a problem within the famed "rainbow" team.

Williams retired from rugby in 2000.

There are currently seven players of colour in the Springbok camp.

Cronje made his Test debut against the All Blacks in Dunedin, New Zealand, earlier this month and was rated before the controversy as having a good chance of securing a spot in the 30-man squad to be announced on Saturday.


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