Hoskins unfazed by quota row

2014-06-24 11:27
Oregan Hoskins (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins is unfazed by civil rights organisation AfriForum's threats to lay an official complaint with the International Rugby Board (IRB) after SARU urged Bok coach Heyneke Meyer to pick more black players.

AfriForum chief executive Kallie Kriel said IRB rules prohibited racial discrimination and political interference in rugby.

"SARU's instruction to the Springbok coach is a crude form of racial discrimination and an indication that SARU has surrendered to the quota threats of the minister of sport, Fikile Mbalula," Kriel told SAPA on Monday.

He said AfriForum's legal team would look into the possibility of opening a case with the International Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS).

This comes after it was reported on Monday that Hoskins had sent a message to Meyer about having a greater representation of blacks, especially black Africans, in the national team.

Hoskins, who is also the vice-chairperson of the IRB, does not appear to be too worried about AfriForum's threats.

He told Tuesday's Cape Times that AfriForum had been writing to the IRB for a long time and that he was not going to react to them as it was not the first time they were doing it.

It is believed that the SARU Exco gave Hoskins the mandate to address the issue with Meyer following their meeting with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) in Johannesburg last week.

SARU's performance and transformation agenda was examined at the meeting.

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