There is a common belief spurned by incorrect reports that each South African franchise must field a minimum of four players of colour in their starting teams. Saru CEO Johan Prinsloo has clarified the situation to keo.co.za.
As originally reported on this site, each franchise must include four players of colour in their match 22, but a minimum of two are prescribed for the starting XV.
“There has been some confusion and the situation needs to be clarified,” Prinsloo said. “A minimum of two players of colour must be on the field at all times, but at no time have I or anyone else said that the minimum in the on-field XV is four.”
Thus the situation whereby the Bulls in particular may be stretched has been alleviated. With first choice loosehead Gurthro Steenkamp out with injury, they would have been stretched to name four players of colour in their first choice XV without sacrificing vice captain Fourie du Preez in favour of Heini Adams.
Additionally, Tim Dlulane would have had to start every fixture as the overwhelming majority of the Bulls’ players of colour are wing specialists.