At least half the Springbok side must consist of players of colour in five years’ time, with 60% of those required to be black African.

Saru’s Strategic Transformation Plan will address transformation in rugby in a bid to meet racial targets by 2019.


In addition, Heyneke Meyer will be expected to field a side containing at least five black players at the World Cup in England next year.

The plan, which was revealed in Sunday newspaper Rapport, will see a comprehensive overhaul of the current structures, including demands on the Springboks, Blitzboks and Junior Boks teams, as well as teams in the Vodacom Cup, Currie Cup and Super Rugby tournaments. There will also be quotas in amateur rugby and across all Craven Week tournaments.

The aim is to make sure that all representative teams contain at least 50% players of colour within the next five years.

Of the Springbok team currently competing in the Rugby Championship, only 19% are non-white, while only 12% are black African. Zimbabwean-born prop Tendai Mtawarira was the only black African player to start in the defeat to Australia in Perth, with Trevor Nyakane warming the bench.


The plan was drawn up by the Saru executive council earlier this year after being heavily criticised by the department of sport, and sports minister Fikile Mbalula, over the lack of transformation in the current Bok team.

Meyer will be encouraged to make sure there are at least seven players of colour in the Springbok match-day squad from next year, while Neil Powell’s SA Sevens squad will be expected to adhere to a strict 40% colour quota.

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