Hoskins lays down the law

Regan Hoskins has stated this is the last time South Africa will send a non-transformed team to the World Cup.

The South African Rugby Union have conceded it is too late to implement transformation to a satisfactory degree for the upcoming tournament, but are already looking ahead to the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

Hoskins recently admitted there has been little progress since South Africa’s readmission to Test rugby. The Saru president said more black players will be given game time in the Currie Cup which would allow the the national coach a greater pool of talent to pick from in future.

He also stressed his desire to prevent the government from getting involved and initiating changes such as a uniform emblem. The ANC believe the Springbok is still a symbol of the old South Africa and thus has the power to divide people, but Hoskins disagrees. However, the president said unless progress is made these are the kind of changes that could be forced upon the Test side.

“If we continue as we are doing now, we are inviting the politicians into rugby and we will have only ourselves to blame,” he told Die Burger.

Hoskins has targeted the Currie Cup as the perfect platform to initiate change and give black players more opportunity. The recent performances of the SA U19 and U21 sides in their respective international tournaments has been encouraging, and the demographic make-up of those teams indicates there is a plenty of talent both black and white that needs to be utilised.