Those of you who thought or hoped we might be nearing a time when rugby quotas in SA get scrapped and transformation starts to take care of itself, guess again. For the 2014 Vodacom Cup season SARU has just upped it’s transformation drive by instituting quotas along the lines of those used to determine school age-group provincial teams.
From next year Vodacom Cup teams will be required to field 7 players of colour of which 2 have to be forwards and 5 in the starting team.
If anything it’s a move that suggests the transformation (often better described as window-dressing) process is falling short of its desired goals.
One of the things that has worked against SARU over the years is that the cost to develop a player in terms of conditioning has been steadily rising and is slowing turning the game at the higher levels of school and junior provincial rugby into a bit of an elitist sport. In other words rugby in SA at a level required to keep players on track to make it to the seniors one day, has possibly becoming less accessible to many rather than achieving its intended goal of spreading the net wider.
The bottom-line is that teams selected purely on merit might now actually be much further away than ever before.