Cope: Give EC players a shot

2012-06-09 13:55

Port Elizabeth - Rugby players from the Eastern Cape should be given more of an opportunity to showcase their skills at international level, Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on Saturday.

Lekota said he had been misquoted by the media earlier in the week, with reports suggesting he was not pleased with Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer's team selection.

"My comments in a statement on Friday were not aimed at the national squad," Lekota said.

"I was criticising the structures of rugby in the country.

"We believe that between 43-48 percent of young rugby players in South Africa are from Border, Port Elizabeth and the surrounding areas, and South West Districts."

Lekota said players who did not compete for Super Rugby unions were not given fair chance at international level.

"All young people that excel should be considered for the national squad, not only players from Super Rugby teams."

He felt it was a long-term issue, and he had no criticism for Meyer's selection ahead of three home Tests against England.

"I wish the team well, as these are the best players we have at the moment," Lekota said.

"We must win these matches, which is important, but this concern should be addressed in the long run."


  • Jason - 2012-06-09 13:59

    Oh what an idiot! If they cant make a Super Rugby franchise what chance do they have at international level. Hands off sport you horrible politician! Focus on getting the national Soccer team to an acceptable standard! hahahahahahahahahaha seriously if you dont laugh you will cry!

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-06-09 20:56

      Wake up people - Lekota sees rugby players of the EC as his voters, this was not aimed at rugby, thus was aimed at an election. Lekota does not give two ticks who is in the national squad or the S15. If he was, he would have made wave when he was still the chairman of the ANC and the Minister of Defense (maybe Defense of Border and not the border). No coach will let stars not play if they can win him a game. Well HM will play MS at flyhalf even if he can loose us a game, but his kicking will improve. Then Terror, if the New Zeelanders and Aussies were so anti-apartheid and if you belief that the current rugby dispensation is a "legacy" of apartheid, why dont you ask those countries to stay true to their conviction of antiapartheid and give the EC a chance at the cost of the lowest team on the log from either NZ or Aus - or otherwise, try to sort out the leadership of your party before you try and sort out SA rugby - the latter is way more complex and we like winning.

  • Henk - 2012-06-09 14:01

    Since when are black people big enough for the game of rugby?

      Gary - 2012-06-09 14:24

      It is a simple comment like yours that fans the flame of racism in your country that is already so paranoid on racism!

      Erna - 2012-06-09 14:27

      What the hell. Where did that come from?

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-09 14:34

      Supported Gary,plus i don't remember choosing lekota to be my representative.

      jeanpierre.daries - 2012-06-09 16:25

      Its not the size,but the heart that the way hoe het klein siya kolisi vi groot spies soos n kleintjie laat lyk?????

      Henk - 2012-06-09 17:05

      It was not meant to be rasict. It is fact. You do not see a lot of big black men around. Most are of medium build.

      pchronias - 2012-06-09 20:23

      henk get out of this country u chop.. have u seen nfl?????

      Herbert - 2012-06-10 07:07

      Go tell that to Beast to his face !

      Brandewijn - 2012-06-10 08:45

      or tell it to bandisi maku (or is he also a medium build???), do not know where you stay, but I have seen some big guys walking around here in the eastern cape. (they tend to all rather play basketball than rugby at the moment here in the EC) think they trying to promote rugby better (they established a few new academys in the township reasently)

  • Squeegee - 2012-06-09 14:13

    Give SA a chance - leave out EP players who don't deserve to be there. Their good players now play for other teams and will be selected if they are good enough.

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-06-09 14:14

    They will get their chance if they are good enough. Just leave Watson OUT, forever!

  • Partiboy - 2012-06-09 14:18

    \I wish the team well, as these are the best\r\nplayers we have at the moment,\ EXACTLY! The BEST players in the RIGHT positions, apart from Kirchner and Spies.

      Denése - 2012-06-10 01:03

      Not Spies but Keegan Daniel, Not Kirchner but Aplon or Louis Ludik Not Morné but Lambie

  • Masixole - 2012-06-09 14:25

    Why does it always have to be Rugby what about our wonderfull Bafana Bafana where are the white players there and No one from goverment is complaining about that is this reverse Aphartheid ? And yes this is a black man

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-06-09 14:42

      I think the problem with either sport is the same, not enough interest among certain population groups. Soccer and Rugby aren't being promoted or developed enough amongst non-traditional demographics. Black youths seem to prefer soccer while white youths prefer cricket and rugby, while soccer is still almost unheard of in Afrikaans schools. There needs to be development at grass roots of both sports instead of a bloody quota system.

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-06-09 14:45

      And maybe more promotion of soccer and rugby in Indian communities.

      Staal - 2012-06-09 15:43

      We should ditch soccer completely. No way you can compete with Brazil with its 100 million+ population that plays soccer exclusively. It is why England struggle to produce batsmen and a backline in rugby. The only time they can compete is when they import players. Kill off soccer and let us focus on rugby and cricket. I would have a heart attack if I see a massive soccer drive at traditional rugby/cricket schools

  • Robert - 2012-06-09 14:27

    Hahahaha you just showed us how little understanding you have of anything. Don't even know how to respond, can only say that was DOF bru.

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-09 14:30

    You are only to garner some votes from that region Lekota,try some method or shut up.Sport and politics do not mix if you don't mind baba,are you that desperate?

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-06-09 14:45

    Please expose those good players you talk about. Maybe the Super Rugby Franchise have neglected sending their scouts to the Eastern Cape. Surely if their were outstanding players in the Eastern Cape by now they would have been playing Super Rugby. Please back up your call and expose those worthy players you talk of.

      motlagoilwe.dintoe - 2012-06-09 14:55

      Ruben, so you suggest that only the best play in Super Rugby and nowhere else? I guess this is SA mentality as even with soccer you have to play for Gauteng teams to be considered the best. This is all so wrong, think like a mature individual and supress favouritism.

      Staal - 2012-06-09 15:47

      The most promising players are bought by the Sharks, Bulls and Stormers. If they didn't get bought then they obviously didn't impress enough. But we will see soon now won't we... with this King's endeavour. My prediction is in the next 5-6 years there is absolutely no "surge" in non-white players. There might be a few more but no sudden uncovering of previously ignored masses just rearing to go. What a fantasy world you people live in.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-06-09 15:52

      dintoe all ruben is saying that the ec players that are good enough already play for superlevel rugby as they have been spotted by scouts. ? its nothing to do with favourite teams or provinces. but its pointless sending the national selectors to every single club in every small town throughout the country. the scouts already see the good players and make sure they are taken into the larger clubs and from there they in turn get scouted to provincial level etc and then either to the national level or overseas scout sees them and lost is our talent

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-06-10 10:22

      Ruben... Most of the EC's best players are playing Super Rugby. Problem is they are playing for other franchises as up to now there were no SR franchise in the EC. Luckily that is soon to change. And yes, players will still move, but at least we will see some of the EC talent playing for their own team.

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-06-09 15:46

    some things were made not to go together like booze and religion or whiskey and cream soda . and last but not least Rugby and politics. you can't force people to like rugby? if certain people prefer to kick a round ball let them and if others want to tackle an egg like shaped ball yell go bokke!

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