ANC Youth League says it will

ANC Youth League says it will disrupt rugby matches to help transform rugby in SA

The ANC Youth League say they will “go to rugby fields to disturb games” until the sport has transformed to their approval.

ANC Youth League says it will

The ANC Youth League staged a protest outside the offices of the South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Wednesday. IOL reports that when the group tried to approach the offices to hand over a memorandum, police fired two stun grenades to prevent them from advancing further.

ANCYL secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza believes that teams are not actively searching for black talent. He told IOL:

“We are saying the Springbok rugby team is not a holy cow for white supremacy, and we know that talent is out there.

“The problem is they don’t have an appetite to go and search for that talent, and when that talent is recruited, it is sabotaged within the sporting codes.”

He threatened for such protests to continue “until rugby has transformed” even if that means “going to rugby fields to disturb games”.

Nzuza wants insists that “transformation quotas should be met in the space of a year”.

Achieving these targets in a year might prove to be difficult, though. The 2015 SA Schools Rugby team of 25 had just three black Africans in the squad of 26. Just a few weekends ago, just 20 out of the 75 players who started in Super Rugby were black. Of those players, 70 percent played in just three positions – eight wingers, three loosehead props and three centres.

Another challenge is the fact the youth from disadvantaged areas simply do not receive the same nutrition and coaching that players from more privileged backgrounds do. This means that even if programmes are implemented in schools in disadvantaged areas, the chances of players from these backgrounds will depend on highly on a player getting a bursary to a more “privileged” school.

Many approach transformation as purely a numbers game, but as previously noted on these pages, that approach is thinking about transformation all wrong.

Creating fair and equal resources for all, especially in the high performance and elite sphere is a far more tangible approach rather than simply ticking boxes with numbers.