Opening Pandora’s box – SuperSport – Rugby
So my plea to South African coaches across the board is to take that chance and to fans to be patient.
We certainly cannot say we’ve succeeded in transforming the sport in this country if only a handful of Bok candidates are available for selection.
We’ll always disagree on individual selections for the national team. But in the bigger picture, we need to broaden the base of top class provincial and Super Rugby players that can take the step up to international rugby.
This is where rugby is failing in South Africa.
Until the Bok coach has 50 black players to choose from in Super Rugby, and not 10 we will never say we are transformed as a sport.
That is the real battleground. That is where rugby can win hearts and minds. Some will make it and some won’t, but if we can reach that ideal goal, we can forgo some of the uncomfortable conversations we hate having in this sport in South Africa.