WP: ‘not enough players of colour in Currie Cup side’

2011-08-02 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The vice-president of the Western Province Rugby Union Thelo Wakefield says too few players of colour are included in the WP Currie Cup side and drastic action needs to be taken to rectify the situation.

According to Wakefield, the Western Province Rugby Union had a meeting with representatives of all the WP clubs at Newlands last week where they expressed unhappiness with the composition of the WP side.

“There are 95 clubs in WP who are predominantly made up of players of colour. The clubs decided that the current situation is unacceptable,” said Wakefield.

“They are unhappy that players of colour are deemed good enough to play at junior age group levels, but are not given enough opportunities to prove themselves at Currie Cup and Super Rugby level.

“I have an appointment with WP coach Allister Coetzee where he will have to explain the current state of affairs.” He said a document has been sent to WP Rugby CEO Rob Wagner.

The WP Currie Cup side that beat the Blue Bulls 35-7 on Saturday included three players of colour, Conrad Jantjes, Siya Kolisi and Hilton Lobberts, in the starting line-up, while Marcel Brache and Berton Klaasen were included on the bench.

“I worked out that since the start of this year’s Currie Cup campaign the WP side only included on average only 22% players of colour.

“I am not going to prescribe to the coach who he has to pick in the side, but I will lie if I say I am satisfied with the current situation …

“The side has to be more representative so that there will be more role models. The players also cannot just be chosen from one or two clubs,” he added.

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