How to truly effect rugby transformation

2015-12-08 20:45

I would guess that when Bryan Habana scores a try or Kolisi makes a great swerving run or Tendai gets the ball (B-E-A-S-T!!!) there are 99% of White Springbok supporters - if not 100% - who cheer like crazy.

I do not see any majority objections amongst my fellow Whites to more Black players in rugby. After all, it's the Maoris and other islanders that make the NZ team great, and they're the best in the world.

But the real problem is this. How many schools are there in South Africa? At a thumbsuck, I would guess about 30 000. Now how many of these have facilities for playing rugby? Maybe a couple of hundred at the most, I would say. And school is where great future sportsmen normally have their start.

So instead of SARU 'insisting' on quotas at Springbok level, how about they spend some money equipping a few more Black schools with rugby fields, coaches and kit? Oh - money is the problem, is it? Well then, I don't think SARU can 'insist' until they address the basic problem. Personally, I believe there is a wealth of untapped rugby talent amongst our Black population.

The missing element is that 'start' that can only be remedied by funding rugby at more Black schools.

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