Transformation not Bok coach’s job

June 24, 2014
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Jan de Koning gives a better reflection on the issue of transformation than certain other media sites…..

The pressure may be on Heyneke Meyer to select more ‘black African’ players, but transformation is not the Springbok coach’s responsibility.

The dreaded ‘T-word’ – which has been voiced unstintingly by politicians in recent months – received more airtime on Monday when South African Rugby Union President Regan Hoskins made it clear he wants to see more non-white faces in the national team.

Hoskins said he personally spoke to the Bok coach, Meyer, and said players like Teboho Mohoje, Sibusiso Sithole, Lwazi Mvovo, Siya Kolisi and Trevor Nyakane must get opportunities sooner rather than later.

The SARU boss said he was referring specifically to ‘black Africans’, when he suggested some changes could be made ahead of SA’s one-off Test against Scotland in Port Elizabeth this coming Saturday.

SARU Chief Executive Jurie Roux confirmed that Hoskins had spoken to the Bok coach about the vexed issue of more black players in the national team, but added that it is not up to the Bok coach to bring these players through the ranks.

He suggested transformation is a much bigger issue than just how many non-white (or black Africans) play for the Boks.

“It [transformation] is wider rugby’s job – from age group level, Cup, Currie Cup and Super Rugby level upwards to provide the volume of talented players – black African, coloured and white – from which our national coaches can pick what we hope will be world-beating teams,” Roux told rugby365.

Roux added that all SARU’s national coaches are aware of the need to be sensitive to transformation, as they sit most in the public eye.

“There has not been a SARU president who has not discussed the issue of transformation with the national coach,” the CEO said.

“The topic is at the top of our agenda and we do not shy away from that.

“But what became evident from the work of the Eminent Persons’ Group is that although significant progress has been made in terms of transformation, the development of black African sports stars in sports such as ours – as well as others – had lagged.”

Hoskins’ discussion with Meyer came in the wake of the revelation that the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee came out and praised SARU for its effort in transformation, contrary to the popular perception that the union has no transformation plans.

SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy last week said he was pleased with the steps taken by SARU thus far.

Hoskins admitted that there is “pressure from above” to give black players more opportunities at national level.

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7 Comments

  1. avatar DavidS says:
    June 24th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    If you think the politicians care you have another thing coming…

  2. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    June 26th, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Transformation is the governments job. You know the palooks who have had 20 years of majority rule, total political control and a mandate to change are so kak useless to busy stealing moey than doing there job.

    You live in the past you stay in the past and the past becomes your reality and future.

  3. avatar DavidS says:
    June 26th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    The guys who have caused the economy of the 1994 most promising economy on earth to go from ready to explode to contracting in twenty years….

    Yes them…. the ones who now want farmers to give 50% of their farms to the “wekkas” and not ppay for it…

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 26th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Wish I could tell you the full story – like the
    amount of money the Sharks are spending on
    transformation.
    Heartbreaking to install scrum machines,
    only to have the cushions removed the
    next day.
    Tip of the iceberg.

    And Sascoc admits (apparently in private)
    that rugby is FAR AHEAD in transformation
    stakes . . .

  5. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    June 27th, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Well its not as bad as our biggest sport football which is going to get kakker and kakker.
    Its not colour but culture that is the issue. When you become entitles you dont have to work as hard and then we see talent like Chilli(yes talent), Jantjies going to waste.

    Not Oupa though thats a good strong boy nor Sithole who I want to see get more confidence

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 27th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Spot the quota… from Varsity Cup to Springbok test cap in a few months despite not being the first choice in his position at a struggling Super union…

    Who says black Africans are not getting extraordinary ‘opportunities’…

    As for some of the others not getting a start… they are competing with other POC’s who are amongst the world’s best…

    Another day another drama…

  7. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 27th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    That said… all the best for the young man… what an opportunity it is…

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