Civil rights group AfriForum are preparing to submit an official complaint to the IRB over SARU’s proposed racial quota system.
On Monday, SARU president Oregan Hoskins reportedly stated to the South African press that “black players, specifically ‘African blacks’ should be given more chances” in the South African rugby team. Hoskins then advised Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer that the national team should have a greater representation of blacks, following a meeting with the SA Olympic Committee (Sascoc) last week.
“I spoke to the coach and he agreed, the time is right for this. I believe we will already see a change or two against Scotland this coming weekend,” Hoskins told Afrikaans daily Die Beeld.
However, AfriForum chief executive Kallie Kriel pointed out that IRB laws prohibit political interference and racial discrimination in rugby, before accusing SARU of pandering to the wishes of the Minister for Sport.
“SARU’s instruction to the Springbok coach is a crude form of racial discrimination and an indication that SARU has surrendered to the quota threats of the Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula,” Kriel said.
He went on to say that any type of quota system would have an adverse effect on the national team, and that developing the game from a grass roots level would be a much more effective way to boost player numbers.
“A racial quota system disadvantages all talented players of all races. White players are disadvantaged because they are excluded from participation based on their race and the validity of the inclusion of black players in teams is by default suspect.
“SARU and government should address their own failure to develop young talent at school level with development programmes rather than playing the numbers game in a top-down manipulation of the sport.”
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