Rugby

Chester wants 'quota' role

2014-09-09 10:32
Chester Williams (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Springbok wing Chester Williams wants to get involved in transforming rugby in South Africa.

In an interview with the Cape Times, Williams said he supported the SA Rugby Union's new Transformation Strategic Plan, which aims to bring all of South Africa's representative rugby teams, along with domestic teams in line with national targets in five years.

SARU wants to make sure that by 2019 at least half the Springbok side consists of players of colour, with 60% of those required to be black African.

Williams told the newspaper that for too long had there just been talk of transformation and not much action been taken.

The 1995 World Cup hero believes he is the right man to help SARU achieve its goals.

Williams said he wanted to partner with SARU to provide mentorship to players, help create goals and career plans for emerging black players, and acquire sponsorships to give more emerging black players opportunities to have training sessions.

Williams also said the lack if black coaches was a concern, questioning whether black players felt comfortable in an environment where the majority of coaches were white.

Williams, who played 27 Tests for South Africa between 1993 and 2000, previously coached the Springbok Sevens side, the Cats (Super Rugby), Pumas (Mpumalanga), Uganda, Tunisia and Romanian club Timisoara.

The 44-year-old said late last year that he would like a job in South African rugby.



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