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    WHITE VICTIM OF COLOUR POLITICS ?



    This keeps croping up...sadly...





    THE PETER JACKSON RUGBY COLUMN; WHITE VICTIM OF COLOUR POLITICS
    <DIV ="LeadPara">ANDY ROBINSON will find this hard to believe but it could be worse. At least he can name the England team without fear of being told to change it for political reasons. </DIV>
    <DIV ="LeadPara">As head coach, he has to convince his four co- selectors about every position on a strictly professional basis or lose the argument. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">South Africa have a different way of doing things which exposes their head coach to indirect government pressure from their equivalent of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">Jake White, whose Springboks stand between Robinson and redemption at Twickenham tomorrow, knows the consequences of picking a team containing what his superiors regard as too many white players. For the same match two years ago, Jacque Fourie had to be taken out of the selected XV and Breyton Paulse put in for no reason other than that of colour. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">Fourie, at 6ft 2in and 15 stone four inches taller and three stones heavier than Paulse, had been chosen on one wing to counter England's cross-kick. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">Paulse, an outstanding wing in many respects, duly played and England duly scored from a cross-kick, Mark Cueto swooping on a perfect diagonal punt from the much-maligned Henry Paul. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">It was not the first case of a Springbok coach being instructed to change his team in keeping with what the South Africans call the 'transformation policy'. A presidential visit by Thabo Mbeki resulted in the then coach, Nick Mallett, having to change his all-white team against the All Blacks. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">Officially, the 'quota' system no longer exists in the lexicon of South African sport. Unofficially, it does. Mbeki's government have set 'guidelines' and, while they are suitably vague, the accepted principle is that there ought to be three non-whites on the field at professional level. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">White has picked three for tomorrow - scrum half Ricky Januarie, left wing Bryan Habana and right wing Akona Ndungane - with three more on the bench. Like Robinson, White is fighting for his job. Whereas the England coach knows exactly what he has to do to save his job, White has to tiptoe his way through a political minefield. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">A match which could be billed as the final eliminator for the sack is not likely to be short of gallows humour, as unwittingly provided by the new Springboks manager, Zola Yeye. 'There is no noose around Jake's neck,' he said. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">Oh dear. Ian McIntosh, one of White's more distinguished predecessors, was trying to skate his way through the cracks in New Zealand some years ago when Louis 'The Doc' Luyt, at the height of his power as the South African RFU's dictatorial president, intervened to say: 'It would be unfair to dismiss McIntosh at this stage.' So he dismissed him a few weeks later. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">That Robinson is still standing after seven straight defeats says everything about English fair play at a time when the heat is being turned up on White over last week's 32-15 defeat against Ireland in Dublin. </DIV>
    <DIV ="TailParas">With all the sensitivity of their name, the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, based in Pretoria, have called on White and his management team to resign 'with immediate effect'. To think that just three months ago his team beat the All Blacks for the third time in three years, something no other country have managed as much as once over the same period. </DIV>
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    Seas suas agus troid!

    #2
    Nice to see they appreaciate us over there!.........
    Seas suas agus troid!

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      #3
      Make sureyoukeep that journalist away from Musgrave though.

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        #4


        Erm... you might want to use a sliiiightly smaller avi there carmen! [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]


        Damn. Where'd that message go? never mind.. [img]smileys/redface.gif[/img]
        Munster - Incessant Perfervidity
        "Ireland Will Choke" - Jeremy Guscott

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          #5
          That clown Mbeki is such a fool. He has publicly stated that Aids is not a virus, it's a disease that people think they have, i.e. it's not a disease at all. Imagine Bertie telling Eddie who to pick?!?! I'd say Colman Goggins would be on the wing...
          Murty\'s gonna get ya

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            #6
            There we go! Gotta have Denis tho!
            Murty\'s gonna get ya

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              #7


              It's a joke that the SAgovernment is doing. Imagine knowing your a better player than another player but you cannot play because you're white. Racism is ok if it's against whites it seems.


              It would be the same as theFrench governmentsaying their socer team must be half white.

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                #8
                Originally posted by dropkick

                It's a joke that the SA*government is doing. Imagine knowing your a better player than another player but you cannot play because you're white. Racism is ok if it's against whites it seems.


                It would be the same as the*French government*saying their socer team must be half white.
                Presumably part of the reason players like Abbott and Rathbone have chosen to play for other countries.
                It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

                Every plan I have is the best plan in the room. Everybody get quiet and listen to it, and everybody will win

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