PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Sareltjie
 
Comments: 11
Article views: 366
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Sareltjie's badges.
 

Transformation in rugby

03 July 2013, 13:54

TRANSFORMATION IN RUGBY: THE TRICK WE MISSED!

Let me start my article by saying, I stand 110% behind transformation in rugby. I know for some it is a bitter pill to swallow, but transformation in rugby is needed. This is about the point where some people stop reading my article and start commenting, I would humbly request that you read further. This is merely my ideas and you are free to have your own ideas to the contrary.

Our rugby public usually complain about transformation when the Bok squad is announced and there are two or three players of colour in the said squad. In our unity as a nation, we then have two different arguments, to wit:

·        We need to the best players for the team; merely picking players because of their skin colour is unhealthy for the sport and unfair to more deserving players. Fair argument.

·        The other argument is that our sports need to be reflecting our nation. What happened to all the good players of colour coming through the ranks? Why is it that there is only two or three players of colour in the squad? Another fair argument.

Notwithstanding the aforementioned arguments; I think some of us are missing the point here. It is even more disturbing to note that SARU and government is part of those missing the point.

So my idea of how we should transform our rugby:

Let me start by saying; we can have 15 black players (good ones) on the field and our rugby would still not be transformed. To me; the trick we missed is that we measure transformation on the number of black players in the team. That is NOT how we transform the team. The black players in the team at the moment are just like all the white ones in any event (I know that might sound racist, but let me explain). Where did these black players, the Habanas etc come from? Their upbringing was the same as their white counterparts. So how is that transforming our rugby???

Reading the above paragraph, you might be tempted to infer that I am advocating more poor black players in the squad. If you do, your inference is WRONG.

What I am saying is, transformation start at our schools. Why is it that you have to go to school at Paarl Gim or one of those type of schools (and this includes all races) to seen by selectors for the WP craven week team? How many Outeniqua boys are in the SWD team? This is where we missed the trick. SARU and government should have made certain structures available for poorer schools to be able to compete with Paarl Gim, Waterkloof, et al. Why has that not been done? It is because we so caught up in petty race issues that we are blinded by the facts. So what do we do; we argue ad nauseum, about the two or three black players in the Springbok team.

We have a rugby crazy nation, but sadly we can look a boy from poorer school in the eyes and say: as long as you in this school, you will never become a Bok. Save for Kabamba Floors (Môrester in Oudtshoorn), I challenge you to name more players from these type of schools that is actually making it? If SARU could just get SARU and government to forget about the Springbok management and develop rugby crazy schools (those with a lack of resources), we will start transformation. This should have been done in 1994 already, but we are looking at the easy route which unfortunately leaves certain people behind.

That is the trick I feel we are missing. There is a lot of young boys who could be of a great service to our country, but unless they can come to the same level as boys from these top schools, they will never make it. I’m not implying SWD should start picking kids from Môrester in the expense of more deserving boys from Outeniqua, but rather that SARU should be tasked to level the playing field and help in the uplifting of the aforementioned schools, so that that kids would at least have a fair chance of proving themselves.

In conclusion I want to say, SARU and government with their jaded stance on transformation are killing the dreams thousands of young South Africans, in the expense of 10 or so black players in the Springbok squad. This dream was  nicely summed up by Johny Wilkinson, when he said: I never ever believed that I would be able to give up on this dream which has driven me to live, breathe, love and embrace the game of rugby from the earliest days that I can remember.
 Unfortunately in  South Africa this passion is being killed in so many ways…

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Louis Wolmarans
Proving the Catchphrase “Time = M...

The catchphrase “Time = Money” is used by various business people, movies, and smart arses. However, the truth of the matter is that “Money= Time” Read more...

1 comments 74 views
Submitted by
Adriaan Engelbrecht
To those that hate God...

To those that hate God and everything else that goes with it. Read more...

29 comments 152 views
Submitted by
Mpho Sindane
Irregular spending a regular fail...

Service delivery protests will continue unabated for as long as our elected representatives fail to manage public finance properly.  Read more...

4 comments 494 views
Submitted by
Joban Roberts
Saffas in the City

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of going to watch the World Rugby Sevens tournament at Twickenham Stadium.  Read more...

5 comments 1008 views
Submitted by
Susan Venter
Thank Goodness for God!

A while ago, I nearly "turned Atheist". THANK GOODNESS I came to my senses! I have found that most atheists are egotistical, irrational and close-minded. Read more...

143 comments 808 views
Submitted by
Thulane Che Trosky
Reference: Notice of intention to...

Please note that I the undersigned herewith wish to inform you that it is my intention to on 15th February 2015, submit my resignation to the Department to terminate my employment. Read more...

3 comments 485 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 30% off top fragrances

Get mind blowing savings on selected fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.