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Transformation and the Kings:

August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Below a pic of Ezee Fana… a legend of EP Rugby….he is it at ALL EP’s games and is very vocal at live games….mush like that Bushy bullet from Griquas.

You will al see a lot of him in 2013 I trust ;-)


 There has been more than a few bloggers that feel that if the Kings strengthen their Super rugby side by buying players it is contradicting the Kings Transformation Goals;

 My comment in a Met Uysh post was that:

 “I agree to an extent that “transformation” has been used as a bit of a tool to get the Kings in.

But it’s not just lip service.

 their view is clear,

they are not going to use the Super rugby or CC teams to force transformation issues.

The Super rugby exposure will attract lots of Money, this will be used in the Schools in the EC and the Kings Academies that have recently been established,

In these junior ranks the focus will be on transformation (amongst other things) and in so doing the graduation of black player to the senior teams will be a natural progression.

 We now have a something to offer the Siya Kollisis (an EC boy) of the future to stop then form going to other unions and keep them in the EC.

It will also force other unions to really transform their union and province and not just buy talented black players from the EC. (Siya, Mvovo, Ndungane brother etc etc)”


In addition a bit of clarification what is expected by the Kings from SARU on

I copied pasted it below, feel free to comment….

The Southern Kings will not have any special conditions of selection, but they are expected to boost transformation in South African rugby.

Although at the expense of the Lions, the region of the Eastern Cape has finally been granted the Super Rugby franchise that they were first promised back in 2005, and along with that is the expectation that they will develop a high number of black players.

SARU chairman Oregan Hoskins explained: “One of the reasons that we decided to give a franchise to the Eastern Cape was that historically it has been the place where a large majority of the black players and coloured players come from and we sincerely believe that this will inspire a lot of the youngsters that are there to want to play for their franchise so that is one of the cardinal reasons why we fought so hard to get this franchise going.

“That is why we aspired to form a franchise there – to really get our transformational imperatives to where they should be. That is really the historical black rugby area where people have played rugby for more than a century so they need to get their act together quickly,” he said.

There is a concern that the Kings will import the bulk of their squad for their debut Super Rugby season next year in a bid to keep their spot in the competition, but Hoskins is confident that they will come to the transformation party.

“I think they will come to the party eventually because they have got to take account their own constituents, and the players that are there are going to want to play for their franchise and I think they will be under pressure to prepare those players.

“Together with their leadership we talk about it regularly and I have had regular chats with the President of the Eastern Province Rugby Union and he has assured me that he is dealing with it and that he is actually talking to his coaches regularly,” he said.

Hoskins made it clear that the Kings will not operate by different rules to the other South African franchises, but explained that they have a better opportunity to contribute to transformation than other areas and will be expected to take advantage of that.

“I don’t think we as South African rugby would ever attach conditions to them that are not attached to the other franchises, that would be grossly unfair.

“We are not going to say that they are going to have x number of black players more than any other franchise, what we are saying is that given their situation they need to be looking at it much more than the other franchises.

“To specifically label them with conditions would be totally unfair, we are certainly not going to be there to set them up to fail, in fact it is going to be in South African rugby’s best interests that the Kings succeed because ultimately it is an area that produces future black stars,” he said.

SARU chief executive Jurie Roux said that having relooked at their transformation charter SARU will commit to the Kings by engaging with the people in the area and setting up structures to enable them to stimulate transformation.

“We have always had a tranformation charter, I think what we have lacked is a transformation plan and an operational plan.

“We have just gone through the process of approving a strategic plan and adopting the transformation charter into a plan and also a very implementable operational plan, and we are taking that to each and every region.

“We are not only meeting with the leadership, we are meeting with the coaches and the people who are actually doing the work on the ground to explain to them how we want them to assist us in delivering on this plan and how we are going to implement it,” he explained.

The Kings might be expected to boost transformation in South African rugby, but the pressure to perform to keep their place may prevent them from living up to that expectation which would leave both them and SARU in something of an awkward position

By Michael de Vries

8 responses to Transformation and the Kings:

  1. How do you know when a politician lies?

    He open his mouth!

    And Jurie Roux and Oregan Hoskins are politicians

    All this is just smoke and mirrors.

    But be that as it may, this is why I do not believe that they will let the Kings get involved in play-off games next year or for the next three years. It will turn of their “transformation” plans and promises into a farce.

  2. Yip, politics, lies and some more politics and lies! Believing the Kings is the answer to this transformation bullsh#t is a bit naive… Guess players of colour (not just “black”) were just flukes, or not considered transformation… Shame, arme Chilliboy en die ouens… Hoe moet hul nie voel nie… And i guess players like JJ, making his debut this past weekend for the Bokke, is just a bit too “light” to be considered within the Kings transformation framework… Just some more posturing and pandering to justify their pumping money into a couple of buddies’ (cheeky and the gang) bank accounts….

    • sorry, meant to say players of colour FROM OTHER PROVINCES

    • EP rugby is very proud of JJ’s progression from EP u18 in 2007 to a Bok in 2012, would it not have been great if we could offer JJ a competitive (super rugby exposure) Kings contract back then

  3. EP rugby is very proud of JJ’s progression from EP u18 in 2007 to a Bok in 2012, would it not have been great if we could offer JJ a competitive (super rugby exposure) Kings contract back then

    • You guys seem to think that Super Rugby is going to solve all your problems.

      JJ went to Maties, probably not to study but to play for one of the top varsity cup teams and get in contention to play in one of the top junior provincial sides, not to play Super Rugby as that was a few years off still. Similar for Kolisi, Mvovo (although not VC), etc.

      If the Eastern Cape want to keep their youngsters they need to be competitive at junior level because that’s where the youngsters get exposure – school level, Varsity Cup, u/19 and u/21. If you are not competitive there you are not going to keep youngsters until they are ready for senior rugby, the good ones will still leave.

      To think otherwise is naive

      • There has never been a shortage of EC schools producing great young talent, nor a shortage of scouts offering better deals to these youngsters. There has been however, a shortage of good and noble rugby administrators and politicians running things at the top. Thinking the Kings would even have the opportunity to keep these good players here just because of a SR spot is very naive. Cheetahs have the best rugby school in the country a block away from their headquarters and one of the best Varsity cup teams down the road. Do you see them keeping all their talent? But they still do well. Why? Because they actually work for their spot and have a tradition of pride and respect to the union. So you see, it comes down to alot more than just SR and money. Kolisi and Mvovo were products of schools with good – great rugby programs and not some transformation agenda development scheme hogwash these administrators are pushing on about. Some of these programs do good work in teaching kids life skills etc, but its not the reason for “future black stars” to be grown in any province. Colour is not a major factor of progression of a players and their talents in this counrty anymore. I mention JJ because he had the same advantages as Kolisi and Mvovo did. Across the country we can see this happening, not just EC, so why do these idiots still use it as a tool and SARU favour them so much?

  4. Two things really stand out in the comments section: SR not going to help improve EC rugby and politicians lie. Now the second part i cant really argue with…

    Rugby in the EC at school level has improved year on year and this year they had one of the best teams at the Craven week. May felt they were unlucky not to play in the final (if you didnt know the final two teams are rated and chosen, no knock out like in other competitions). So that answers the school level debate.

    NMMU in the last two years under coach janse van rensburg has come from a easy 50 pointer for the rest of the Varsity Cup teams to just losing out on a play off spot. And i am sure next year they will be more competitive.

    These are the building steps to a great province. And they are building steps because this union is still recovering after the old EP rugby structures (politically appointed) cleaned the rugby coffers leaving this province in a very bad shape from Curry Cup level all the way down to schools rugby.

    Make no mistake Super Rugby is good for the province. More sponsors, more money, more talented rugby players want to be here. Money turn the world and believing anything else is naive. I know for a fact that the strongest rugby school the country does not source their pupils locally. As far back is 1998, by example Grey Bloem’s grade8’s had 45 u13 Craven Week players from the previous year. These numbers have not changed much and that is because they see the Freestate as a gate to beter rugby as a senior player. Some are lost along the way but if you ask a Grey first team player he will say that he would rather play for the Freestate than any other team. Sometimes the provinces dont step up. The Kings want to step up and keep its talent.

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