South Africans screw the racism scrum

February 19, 2009

Well, bugger me. Radio Sport is telling us the South African Rugby Union won’t accept a New Zealand Maori side because it is selected on racial lines.

The Springboks’ planned British and Irish Lions warm-up against the New Zealand Maori is likely to be snubbed by South African Rugby because of the racial composition of the squad.

The South African Rugby Union has confirmed it has had an approach from the NZRU for the Maori to play a game in the Republic in June.

But SARU has issued a statement saying the biggest stumbling block is the long established President’s Council resolution forbidding the appearance of SARU teams against opponents selected on racial lines.

A final decision isn’t expected until the end of March.

Alf and his mates are chuckling at the thought of what John Minto, well known shit-stirrer and national organiser for HART in 1981, will be making of this – he was among the best known leaders of the anti-tour movement, howling against apartheid and South African racism, when the Springboks came here.

A raft of other organisations sprung up in opposition to the tour, with names like CARE (Citizens Association for Racial Equality) and NAAC (National Anti-Apartheid Council).

On the other side of the divide, tour champion Ces Blazey, NZRFU chairman at the time, will be rolling in his grave with laughter.