We'll help Zim: Hoskins

HARARE - International Rugby Board (IRB) vice-president Oregan Hoskins, who is also the president of South African rugby Union (Saru) says Zimbabwe must be incorporated into South Africa’s domestic structures at some stage.

Hoskins is in the country for the on-going Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival at the invitation of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union.

“Going forward as Saru, we need to re-incorporate Zimbabwe in our domestic tournaments like the Vodacom Cup or Currie Cup, it’s been long overdue,” he said.

“We have had great talks with Zimbabwe rugby during the few days I have been here. We have a lot of things we need to implement.”

The Saru boss also spoke about how racism continues to affect the game of rugby in his country.

“Racial issues are fact of life, Zimbabwe has had its own issues we also have had our own issues.  South African rugby has embraced the request from government to transform as soon as possible and it is not easy. It’s taken 100 years of a legacy that need to be changed in a short time and we are talking about 20 years. We are willing to embrace and try our best in changing things.

“Transformation is not about being black or white, but it’s all about transforming people’s hearts and minds.”

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