Kevin Fine

Keep the talent in SA

2005-04-19 13:00

Well done to the Baby Boks. Two things have been cemented in my mind by their victory in the Under-19 World Cup final on Sunday. One is the consistency of our junior rugby in terms of quality performance, and two is how the media is now hyping the transformation process.

If we are so consistently solid in the junior ranks of international rugby, what happens between the time these boys leave and join the ranks of our professional setup?

Has SA Rugby identified the players that they see a future for? Have they looked at programmes to fast-track these kids on mental, nutritional and physical levels? Are the powers that be setting aside funding to keep the talent within our rugby structures? It remains to be seen.

But for once I would love to see a proactive stance by the custodians who should publicly and privately be committing themselves to the players whom they see a future for in SA rugby.

Let's not fall foul of the Rathbone syndrome again and watch our players depart for solid setups that provide fair pay and solid management prowess for the talent that we have spent years developing.

If nobody has picked this up then we get what we deserve. Consistent depression for rugby fans and South African nationalism. The same kind of nonsense that we're experiencing now with the announcement of the new Super 14 franchise.

It's clear that our rugby administration have seen it fit to cast aside the Eastern Cape in their bid to build upon the so-called stronger structures.

Have we not seen the failure of the Cats in their collaboration with the Free Staters already?

It proves once again that the wrong people's interests are being served. Logistically there is no way that the players in the Eastern Cape will cope, as pointed out by their administrators.

What we will ultimately land up with are unhappy players who are responsible for results. That's not exactly a recipe for success, and if we are not trying to be number one then really what's the point?

In terms of the hype around the Baby Boks winning with a transformed side well, the best players were selected. Does it really matter what colour they are?

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