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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

White forbidden to meet Mbeki

The plot thickens, Rugby Heaven, an Australian site reports that the South African Rugy Uniion (SARU) wants to forbid Jake White from meeting Thabu Mbeki.

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White - the ironically named Springbok coach - is under fire for not agreeing to gross political interference is Springbok rugby selections.

Springbok coach Jake White will receive a letter from SA Rugby on Tuesday forbidding him to meet President Thabo Mbeki on Friday.

"We are completing a letter in which we inform Jake that there will be no meeting with President Mbeki," SA Rugby Union deputy president Mike Stofile said on Monday night.

"We cannot allow this to happen," he added.

"We are also writing to the Minister of Sport. All the presidents of the provincial unions feel the meeting (between White and Mbeki) should be cancelled. Jake is undermining our authority."

The Saru leaders are due to appear before the parliamentary portfolio committee on sport on Tuesday to discuss the issue of transformation.

White has also been in the firing line for an incident in a Cafe in Santon Johannesburg. To read an eye witness account of what went down go here.

SARU is a veritable dictatorship-lite. It would have ben funny if it was not so serious.

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1 comment:

Gareth Thomas Searle said...

I read a little about this on the super rugby site. Hectic, funny, and most importanly sad.
This is just spoiling the overwellming optimism we currently are enjoying in SA rugby.