Durban - Springbok
coach Heyneke Meyer has responded to the unrest engulfing Springbok rugby this
week after five black players reportedly approached trade union Cosatu to voice
concerns over the lack of transformation in the side.
was in Durban on Wednesday announcing his team for this Saturday’s trip to
Argentina, but it wasn’t long before he was asked to comment on the Cosatu
lot of the players came out and supported us. You’re always going to get
players that are unhappy if they don’t play,” Meyer said.
guy like Steven Kitshoff really wants to play. He deserves the chance and he
hasn’t had a chance. A guy Jan Serfontein was our starting centre and nobody
writes about that.
don’t look at colour, I look at the best players. I’m totally committed to
transformation and I have a great relationship with my players.”
added that certain players within the squad had backed him since the Cosatu
claims first emerged on Monday.
lot of them came to me and said ‘coach, it’s not true what’s in the papers ... we
stand by you, we know exactly where we stand.’ I’m there for them,” said Meyer.
all South Africans and we’re all there as a team to do the best for our
country. We have to back each other in this country as players.”
started the press briefing on Wednesday with a brief prepared statement after what has been a tough few days for him.
say that sport or rugby builds character. It doesn’t build character, it
reveals character. When I took the job I said it’s not about me, this job is bigger
than the individual,” he said.
most important thing for me is to keep my integrity. I know there is a lot of
criticism. I don’t have any excuses and I know where the public comes from.
There is a lot of negativity and I understand that, but like I said from the
start ... I’m going to keep my integrity and that’s more important to me
than just winning.”