Bush wants Maori All Blacks quota

Former All Black and New Zealand Maori prop Billy Bush wants a 50 percent Maori quota in the All Blacks. He also wants the Maoris to be able to compete as a team in the World Cup.

Bush, who toured South Africa in 1976 with the All Blacks, played in 12 tests and 37 matches between 1974 and 1979. Speaking at the Indigenous Sports Conference in Rotorua at the weekend Bush said it should be legislated that the All Blacks should have a 50 percent Maori quota.

Given the influx of Pacific Islanders into the All Blacks squad in recent times, most neutral observers would argue that the only quota that should be applicable is that at least 50 percent of the team should be New Zealanders.

“The All Blacks should have a 50 per cent Maori quota.”

The New Zealand Rugby Union said there were no plans to change the All Black selection criteria.

Deputy chief executive Steve Tew told the New Zealand Herald newspaper: “The New Zealand public want the All Blacks picked on merit, a national team representing the whole country.”

Bush said New Zealand was the only place Maori existed so they should be allowed to enter a team in the Rugby World Cup.

“Whereas the Samoan and Tongan players can play for the islands if they don’t make the All Blacks, Maori players have nowhere to go.”

The Maori team, led by Jonno Gibbes, last year beat the British and Irish Lions 19-11.