Cape Town - Two rugby coaches from Kimberley, who were in line to coach Griquas’ schools teams, will not be afforded the opportunity because they are staunch All Black supporters.
Afrikaans website Netwerk24 reported on Sunday that the two coaches were expected to be named as coaches of Griquas’ Craven Week teams for 2018.
However, the Griquas Rugby Union informed the duo that they will not be considered for the positions because they are not loyal to South African rugby.
“Our country needs patriots and we decided we’re going to fully support our national team,” Griquas president Jannie Louw said.
“Everyone has a right to support who they want but then you can’t abuse the country’s systems to your own advantage. There’s no way that New Zealand will appoint schools rugby coaches who walk around in Springbok jerseys.”
Louw refrained from disclosing the names of the coaches, but said it is common knowledge around Kimberley that they support the All Blacks.
He said the two coaches are saddened by the union’s decision but have accepted the decision.