I wrote a post a few weeks ago on (the lack of) transformation in South African sport. I provided some of my thoughts on the way that the issue has been tackled to date, and what perhaps needs to happen going forward to try and address the issue.
One of the great things about Twitter is that there is a lot of useful information that is passed around. I came across this post (Who are the black players?) written by a gent called Kaunda Ntunja. In it, he addresses the misconception that there are no black rugby players to choose from and he has actually compiled a list of all the black professional rugby players with the 5 South African Super Rugby teams.
The list contains a total of 54 names of black rugby players. Certainly a good starting point for any conversation, but Ntunja makes a valid observation that the only problem is that these players are not always selected by their respective coaches.
Ntunja ends his post by concluding that “the next time someone makes a statement that there are not enough black players to choose from then show them this article….or find a nice way to tell them to piss off”.
Can’t say fairer than that.