Cape Town - Springbok Rugby World Cup hero Makazole Mapimpi dropped a F-bomb on live TV during a press conference at OR Tambo International airport on Tuesday.

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Mapimpi was among the first contingent of Springboks to arrive back in the country as thousands of adoring fans turned up at the airport to welcome the team home.

Mapimpi, who scored the second most tries (6) in the tournament, demonstrated one of the perils of live TV - much to the embarrassment of Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa who was seated alongside the star wing.

Mapimpi made history when he became the first Springbok to score a try in a World Cup final, helping his side to a third Webb Ellis Cup with their 32-12 triumph over England in Yokohama.

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