In support of Daniel Leo

Dear Editor,

Re: Daniel Leo’s fight for justice 

He is exactly right. I was shocked when I saw the World Rugby Council’s last group photo, and practically every face was white (SA and Japan notwithstanding). 

How on earth does that reflect the sport’s growing globalization? 

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Why are Georgia and Romania on the council and not Fiji and Samoa, who have both made two World Cup quarter-finals and beaten tier 1 nations on numerous occasions? 

Even Tonga has beaten Australia and France. 

Pacific Islanders have become to rugby what African-Americans are to NFL - dominating on the field but invisible at administration level. 

The fact the rugbydom seems to have lost confidence in SA as a World Cup host nation seems to have coincided directly with the increasing involvement of the non-white community in the sport there, if we’re honest about it.

 

I. Wingman

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