It is a bit rich that one of the reasons the South African rugby council are citing as an obstacle for the Springboks to be able to play the New Zealand Maori Rugby team is that the Maori team are “selected along racial lines.” Apparently “the council forbids South African rugby teams playing against opponents selected on racial lines.”
Just as well the Springboks cannot play themselves then.
Tonight’s TV3 report on the matter included a statement that the Springboks have a quota-policy that requires a minimum of 5 of their players to be non-white. At least five of the Springboks players are selected because of their race.
So let’s get this straight. South Africa can refuse to play rugby teams with team members selected on the basis of race but they don’t have to select their team to the same standard they hold everyone else to. There is a word for that.
Did the TV3 reporter pick up on this despite pointing it out? No of course not. Neither did the New Zealand rugby union who, if TV3 are reporting this correctly, are taking the tactic of trying to deny the New Zealand Maori team are selected on the basis of race.
New Zealand is fighting back against a South African suggestion that the Maori Rugby Team is racially selected.
Hello. Who do they think that is going to fool? What is the name of the NZ team again? Can non-maori play for it?
Apparently no one in New Zealand can reason so I guess everyone will fall for it.
I am surrounded by idiots.
UPDATE: It appears the double standard was not lost on TV1,
There is also what appears a contradictory situation given South African sides, including the Springboks, must include a quota of non-white players.