CAPE TOWN – The hatred and racism in South African rugby is among the supporters and not within the Springbok squad. The pitchfork mentality on social media in relation to allegations of racism among the Springboks at the World Cup has been disgusting. The arrogance and ignorance continue to astound me.
I have never experienced a Springbok team as united as South Africans as this one, with each member of the squad having the utmost respect for the other’s culture and race.
The Springboks have been a joy to watch and any interaction with players, coaches or management, is one to be appreciated, especially if you have ever experienced Springbok and South African rugby in the early 2000s.
I was part of a Springbok set-up divided by provincialism, race, culture and class. It was an awful experience that culminated in the Geo Cronje and Quinton Davids racial incident that would precede the infamous Kamp Staaldraad. That was back in 2003.
I left Springbok rugby six weeks before the 2003 World Cup in Australia because I couldn’t be part of a squad that reinforced division and refused to transform.