South African Rugby Union
South Africa

SARU president Oregan Hoskins has told Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer to pick more black players.

Hoskins has instructed Meyer not just to pick more black players, but stated specifically that they must be ‘African’ black players.

Chief executive of the Civil rights organisation, AfriForum, has said that the issuing of such an instruction is a crude form of racial discrimination, and shows that SARU is surrendering to the quota threats of the South African minister of sport, Fikile Mbalula.

This introduces a precedent where race, and not ability, determines whether or not a player is selected. Discrimination not only threatens the continued success of the national rugby team, it also makes a mockery of selection. Race should play no part at all in their selection.

Such an instruction is in direct contravention of Byelaw 3(f) of the IRB Handbook, which prevents discrimination of any kind.

We, the undersigned, call on the South African Rugby Union to desist from introducing the issue of race to the selection of players for the national rugby team.

We demand that players be selected solely on merit, based on current playing form and ability.

We call on the South African Rugby Union to adhere to Bylaw 3(f) of the IRB Handbook, which is to prevent discrimination of any kind on account of ethnic origin, politics or any other reason.

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