Johannesburg - Springbok rugby coach Heyneke Meyer wants to preserve white privilege, Cosatu's national office bearers said on Thursday.
"It is time for the SA Rugby Union to transform," first deputy president Tyotyo James told reporters in Johannesburg.
"Rugby is a sport for all people in this country and not for certain people, as some think."
He said the issue was that although players of colour were selected for the Springbok team, they were benched.
Tyotyo used Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo as an example.
"They put them (black players) on the bench and switch for instance a fullback, who is a white player, to play wing and leave Lwazi Mvovo, who is a specialist in that position outside. We say as Cosatu, that cannot be," he said.
There were many black rugby players in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape so it was not about a shortage of players.
"The coach of the day wants to preserve white privilege," said James.