The following piece was written by a very good friend , fellow coach and rugby lover !
- South African rugby is broken, when a 9-year-old school boy is told by his father that he will buy him a PlayStation game for every try that he scores, forgetting that the guys outside him has also trained every afternoon in the hope of getting the ball.
- South African rugby is broken, because a dad shouts next to the field to his under 11 son, break that bastard’s neck, fueling hatred between kids, that are not equipped with the necessary emotional tools of dealing with either being the bully or the victim.
- South African rugby is broken, when a father forces a coach to keep an injured 12-year-old boy on the field so the father can live his lost ambitions through his broken son.
- South African rugby is broken ,if Macro schools “buy” up 13-year-old rural school kids in the name of “greater exposure”, often growing up in boarding schools, to return to their parents 5 years later, no better off rugby wise, but with a serious void in their relationship with their parents.
- South African rugby is broken, because 16 year old start taking all sorts of substances in order to get the edge on opposition, with total disregard for their future heath, unknown to the coaching staff or maybe not?
- South African rugby is broken, if provincial sides are mainly made of macro schools, totally neglecting the raw talent of smaller school boys, that are not playing for one of the top 50 schools in the country.
- South African rugby is broken, when a quota system at Craven week overlooks the talent of a white boy born in 2000. Paying for apartheid, even though he had no part in it. Resulting in teams that are noncompetitive on national levels.
- South African rugby is broken ,when you have more talented players playing overseas than locally and that your predicament with your local selection is that you can’t pick a better team, because all the talent has left.
- South African rugby is broken ,when a once powerhouse country like South Africa has nothing new to offer in terms of innovation and still plays a brand of rugby 10 years ago.
Combine all of the above, and then no one can be surprised that we lost 57 – 0 to the All Blacks. considering this don’t be surprised if we lose 31 – 15 to Australia.
I predict we will never get it right and that we will slowly lose our beloved rugby and we will soon be at the bottom of the ranking tables, thrown out of super rugby and Castle championship and ultimately not qualify to play in the world cup.
Watch this space. I can predict the future……………………..