Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Naas Botha has revealed how they were paid only R5 per game during his playing days.
The legendary flyhalf played 179 matches for the then Northern Transvaal (Blue Bulls) as well as 119 for Italian club Rovigo.
He played during South Africa’s sporting isolation and as such only played a meagre 28 Tests for the Springboks between 1980 and 1992.
Botha also had a stint playing American Football for the Dallas Cowboys as he played during rugby’s amateur era when players did not earn salaries.
According to Netwerk24, Botha was speaking at a church seminar at Pretoria’s Atterbury Theatre on Wednesday.
He was asked about his playing days and made a few interesting comments.
“The time when I played is a world apart from today’s game. In my time we only received R5 for an official match for Northern Transvaal.”
Then one day they heard it was being increased to R10.
“I was quite young but noted that if they could pay me R5 or R10, they could just as well pay R100 000. Just after that the president (of Northern Transvaal) decided we’d only receive R5 again.”
Botha said he could never understand why the game was amateur.
“Remember, we were paid R5. We didn’t owe anybody anything. Other people made money out of their talents. Why is a businessman allowed to get paid for his job? I had a sporting talent. Why was I not allowed to earn money from my talent? I said I was loyal to whichever team’s jersey I pulled on.”
Botha, 57, is nowadays a rugby pundit for pay-channel SuperSport.