Grey areas look dirty when we’re talking black and white

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Grey areas look dirty when we’re talking black and white

Aggressive transformation is necessary because few black players have opportunities to play abroad

Journalist

When I trawled through social media on Thursday morning I came across the names of 22 schoolboy rugby players who will be furthering their careers abroad next year.

While this could become the norm because SA Rugby and its union members are reducing the number of junior contracts, one thing stood out: 21 are white; only one black in the group intends to leave. 

That number is why aggressive transformation is necessary to offset these losses – because opportunities to leave aren’t as available to black players. It isn’t race-baiting, but an indication of chances available to white players as compared to their black counterparts...

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