Hoskins: ‘Lily white teams unacceptable’

2011-08-08 00:00

CAPE TOWN — South African Rugby Union (Saru) president Oregan Hoskins is “highly disgruntled” that teams playing in the Currie Cup and national U19 and U21 competitions are predominantly white.

“It is unacceptable that certain unions still pick lily-white teams. Saru is committed to transformation, but not all unions are playing their part,” Hoskins said.

He wrote a letter to the respective provincial unions three weeks ago in which he expressed his dissatisfaction over the matter.

This was after the Sharks fielded no players of colour in their Currie Cup match against the Blue Bulls in Durban on July 16.

The Cheetahs only fielded one player of colour against the Leopards in Bloemfontein during the same weekend.

“Only 17% of all players that played in the respective provincial competitions during that weekend were players of colour. It is too few, and we must improve it.”

There is no current quota system in South African rugby, but Hoskins is convinced the government will reinstate it if unions don’t play their part.

Hoskins said he is happy with the racial composition of the Springbok team after coach Peter de Villiers included six players of colour in his 24-man squad.

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