Bulls blasted over transformation

The SA Rugby Union has sent the Bulls a letter expressing its dissatisfaction with the number of starts given to black players in the Vodacom Super 14.

According to the Sunday Times, a letter signed by Andy Marinos, Saru’s manager of national teams, was sent to each of the five franchises this week.

Referring to the Bulls the letter read: “Only Bryan Habana and Akona Ndungane have started so far. This needs to be addressed. Some teams have chosen to ignore our agreement of January 12.”

In January, all the Super 14 coaches and chief executives promised to give their black players at least one start in the competition. There was also an agreement to have at least two black players on the field and two on the bench throughout the tournament.

After five matches the Stormers had given 22 starts to black players, the Cats 19, the Sharks 14 and the Cheetahs 14. The Bulls have given just 10 starts to the same two wingers.

The other black players in the Bulls’ current 22-man squad – flank Tim Dlulane and Heinie Adams – have been used sparingly as second-half substitutes, while SA U21 hooker Chilliboy Ralepele has been sent back to the Bulls’ Vodacom Cup team after warming the bench earlier in the Super 14.