June 12, 2007 / 3:58 PM / 11 years ago

Rugby-SARU president hints at constitutional changes

CAPE TOWN, June 12 (Reuters) - South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins has hinted that he will seek to change the sport’s constitution to speed up transformation.

Hoskins was responding to a governmental portfolio committee’s remarks that the lack of black players in the Super 14 was unacceptable.

“I’m not happy with the pace of transformation as the leader of SA Rugby,” Hoskins told the committee on Tuesday.

“Our current constitution might have been suited to an amateur era. We need to look at it and put it to the President’s Council for possible modification.

“To move rugby forward SARU must have more authority. Change is not something we need to fear.”

Committee chairman Butana Komphela expressed his concern that only a handful of black players participated in the Super 14.

“The Super 14 franchises are one of the culprits that aren’t giving black players equal opportunities on the field,” Komphela said.

“To what extent are the Super 14 teams helping the national team in terms of transformation? Do the provincial teams share the same ideas and vision as the national leadership?

“It’s a fact that you can’t find black players ready to play for the Springboks from anywhere else but the provincial teams.”

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