How long will we still be fed the mirage that EP is the cradle of black rugby
and deserves to play Super Rugby?
Article by Boertjie
I’m asking this question because the facts on the table points in a different direction – that the Kings and Estern Province are not even competitive in the South African set-up. To make any impression they will have to import players of note, and they will more or less all be white or a slightly darker shade of white.
If the idea of transformation is the improvement of black rugby interests, the rugby hierarchy are missing the point.
The Kings were born from an effort to give a lift black players, and we were told how black players in the province will be getting their fair share.
What really happened is that the team degenerated into a second class team of white players.
On top of it Cheeky Watson and Alan Solomons contracted overseas players lik Ross Kennedy and Clint Newland ahead of black talent.
Last year the Kings failed to win the Vodacom Series and the B-section of the Currie Cup.
In the final of the CC B-section they were thrashed 43-12 by Boland.
On that day there were 4 blacks in the Kings’ team and one on the bench, whilst Boland played with 10 black players in the group of 22.
Prior to this Parks represented the Kings in the National Club Championships with not one black player in their team.
Surely this cannot be the case in the cradle of black rugby. And as one joker said: If the Kings can play Super 15, then Boland must be allowed to play the Four Nations Rugby Championship.
I vaguely remember another EP team whas invited, a black club whose name has slipped me now, and was beaten wholesomely at the same tournament.
It’s with credentials like these tat Saru now hopes for a backdoor entry into the
S15/S16 or, if that fails like it surely will, relegating one of the current five
franchises out of Super Rugby.
There may be a little backdoor open, if partitipation in the S15 can be stretched to mean that the Kings will be allowed to play some friendlies against teams with a bye that weekend.
The current S15 set-up is signed, sealed and sold for up to 2015 and it seems very unlikely that a 16th team will be added. It’s an SA dilemma, has very little if any merit and I can’t see the Kiwis and the Wobblies falling over backward to accommodate South Africa in its hour of political need.