No matter which way you paint this, SA Rugby lacks leadership.
The whole sequence of events that has led up to the blanket ban on all contracted Springboks is nothing short of ridiculous.
Forget the fact or the reason for instituting this ridiculous ban which in itself, is the most childish thing I have seen from all parties involved (unions and SA Rugby), the fact that all the dirty laundry between SARPA and SA Rugby are now being hung out in the media with both parties attacking and trying to state their side of the story through one media release to the next tells you all you need to know about the leadership, or serious lack of it we have in rugby in South Africa.
Has any of these guys heard of a telephone? Hell as far as I know Vodacom is one of the title sponsor of all things rugby in South Africa I am sure they could have helped these so-called administrators getting in touch with each other to sort this out like adults!
The plain and simple fact of the matter is however that this situation could have been nipped in the butt from the very start.
Apparently the sequence of events went like this;
- SA Rugby has telephone conference with all unions affected by their planned rest for certain Boks.
- Union A and/or B voice their dissatisfaction with one or two decisions.
- SA Rugby then uses schoolyard bully tactics and says; ‘Well then we pull out all the players, so weh weh’.
- SARPA gets calls from players who are in desperate need of game time and/or rest and concerned that this will adversely affect them.
- SARPA calls on SA Rugby to reconsider the blanket ban and reasons with player concerns.
- SA Rugby comes out and says it’s not their problem, SARPA and players knew of this proposed rest period months ago.
In the end, everyone loses, especially the players.
What SA Rugby fails to seemingly understand is that what was proposed months ago changed completely with the recent decision and in fact, SA Rugby did not honour their commitments to the players with this decision.
Now we can be pissed off at the unions who again acted like petulant little children whose ice-cream fell in the sand-pit at the play-park, but the fact remains that SA Rugby, if they had any sense of leadership would have told any union bitching to go an stick it where the sun do not shine and that the purpose of this rest periods were in the interest of the PLAYERS, not the UNIONS.
But why do that?
It is obviously much more fun to act like the schoolyard bully than to show any common sense or leadership.
The players have every right to be concerned because at the end of the day it is only them, and effectively Springbok rugby that suffers.
What the recent media ping-pong battle between so-called administrators have clearly shown all of us however is that there are far too many ego’s at work within SA Rugby, and no-one with the balls to actually lead.
Perhaps these administrators should remember that they are there because of the players, and not to have dick-measuring contests with one another. Perhaps it is time some of these people get off their asses and actually lead for a change.Tweet