ANC: HM not keen on black players.
November 8, 2012 in Uncategorized
ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, said that he feels HM is not keen on selecting deserving black players.
Now I do not like politics in sport, but this is South Africa and we have politics in everything.
The thing is I kinda agree with Mr Mantashe. Two players comes to mind immediately JdJ and Mvovo both arguably the best in their positions at the moment, taking injuries into account. But yet two other players get played out of position to keep them out of the starting team. Hougaard a scrumhalf at wing and Taute a fullback at centre. Both of these players have also not set the world a light with their performances in the Rugby Championship(RC).
Then on the bench Schalk Britz and Morne Steyn gets selected ahead of Chiliboy and Jantjies.
OK so one can understand the Britz call, he is an awesome impact player and Chili was injured a lot this season but if Chili was selected not many would have complained esp because unlike Britz he still plies his trade in SA.
Elton was the incumbent flyhalf after the RC and now gets droped out of the 22 all together for Morne who has struggled all season for form and is deff no impact player or supersub. Strange?
Then if you look back a few months HM selected an injured Jacque Potgieter ahead of Kolisi who at that point had a much better S15. Add to that the constant overlooking of a guy like Gio Aplon and that does makes one wonder. Does Mr Mantashe have a valid poiinnt?
I can still vividly remeber how Elton and Juan stood next to the field warming-up (hopping around and eager to get some game time) when there was about 12 or so mins to go against Aus. The game was already won and they had to stand next to the field until there was only 5-4 mins remaining. Why?
Is it that HM just does not like (rate) certain players and coincidentally they mostly tend to be black/colored OR does HM just not rate deserving black players?
On a personal note: Rugby is under constant pressure to transform and give more opportunities to players of color. Why not embrace it when you have the chance? Especially when these changes will actually strengthen the side.
With all the difficulties SA rugby has keeping politics and the government out of rugby why not use the opportunities to lessen the pressure?
Note: These above mentioned players is but a few examples and does not constitute all the black talent we have in SA.