Hoskins criticises govt over transformation targets
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Former South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins says the SA government's failure to responsibly implement transformation will hamper the development of "players of colour".
In an interview with Eyewitness News [EWN], Hoskins blamed the South African government for not doing enough to help SA Rugby achieve varaious transformation targets.
As part of their Strategic Transformation Plan, a target of 50 percent black representation is required across all of SA Rugby's structures, including the national team, by 2019.
"You're going to see more and more 'players of colour' thrown in at the deep end because of the government's requirements and those players, sadly, are going to be embarrassed because they are being thrown in at the deep end and not being given a fair opportunity to develop themselves and that development can only happen when government plays its part," Hoskins told EWN.
"Rugby is part and parcel of South African society [but] there isn't a commitment on the part of government to genuinely tackle the development of the sport and it’s all well and good saying that you should transform the national team and transform the franchise teams but that's not going to work, it's never going to work."
Hoskins added: "I don’t want to see a black player playing there because he's second best, that's not what we fought for.
"I want to be the best President of SA Rugby and I want to be the best Springbok in my position."