15 Aug 2013

South Africa restores race quotas

6:12 am on 15 August 2013

Race quotas will return to South African rugby next season in a bid to produce more top-level black players.

The South African Rugby Union has decreed that 22-man squads for the Vodacom Cup, the second tier provincial competition, must include seven black players, including at least two forwards, and at least five of the black players must be in the starting line-up.

There has been government, media and public concern for some time about the small number of black players in Super Rugby and the Springboks squad, and it's been particularly embarrassing for South African rugby officials when teams like England and France contain more black players in their test squads.

The Springboks side for their first Rugby Championship match against Argentina this weekend includes three black players.