Take away Bok emblem
Dear Minister Mbalula,
As a passionate and longsuffering Springbok fan, I implore you to order the removal of the Springbok badge from the current crop of players’ and coaches’ blazers and jerseys.
The current group of individuals simply do not deserve to wear an emblem that represents courage, commitment, well-placed confidence and, most importantly, patriotic honour.
I must point out that motivation on the sports field only happens when players feel confident that they are part of a team that is made up of the best of the best.
My suggestion is that only winning teams and standout individuals be awarded the privilege to wear this symbol – the same way that only countries who have actually won a World Cup can wear the Webb Ellis badge on their jerseys.
I feel for those former players who have that proud leaping Springbok embroidered on various “earned” blazers and jerseys, proudly displayed in their homes or in rugby museums and stadiums around the world.
The class of 2015/2016 do not deserve to wear that emblem. And legendary coaches like Kitch Christie, Nick Mallet, Jake White and Pieter de Villiers do not deserve to have their legitimacy cheapened by those who are clearly not of that standard.
These players are there now for quick cash, social media fame and bragging rights (although they don’t have much to brag about).
Politics and poor coaching are playing a significant role in our rugby’s demise. So it makes sense to stop the awarding of the Bok emblem to any player or coach until they win a World Cup, achieve a grand slam over the home unions, or secure victory over the British and Irish Lions.
That, dear minister, is the mark of a Springbok.
A true fan of proper Bok rugby,