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South Africa needs more black players - Desmond Tutu

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South Africa recently beat Argentina 13-6 in Pretoria (©GettyImages)
South Africa recently beat Argentina 13-6 in Pretoria (©GettyImages).

South Africa are currently taking part in the 2014 Rugby Championships, and having won their first game against Argentina 13-6 in Pretoria social activist Desmond Tutu believes the current ethics of the national team are unfair.

The Springboks currently sit second in the world behind champions New Zealand and will be taking on Argentina for a second time this weekend in Salta, before they travel to Perth to take on Australia.

But considering South Africa are doing well, Desmond Tutu believes black players aren't getting a fair shot at representing their country in the nations' favourite sport.

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In a letter sent to the Cape Times, Tutu expressed his anger with South Africa not letting certain players settle down and try to earn a place in the starting 15, or even in the 23 man squad.

"Particularly hurtful is the selection of black players as peripheral squad members, never given the chance to settle down and earn their spurs," Tutu wrote.

“Now, nearly 20 years later, I lament the tortoise pace at which transformation at the highest level is being effected."

Desmond Tutu

Tutu hasn't held anything back with his letter stating his views on the current climate with the South Africa team, but at the same time these are his opinions and in way they are very controversial to say the least.

But surely colour doesn't come into play when choosing a team, it is based around quality and performance. Maybe there are better or more experienced players who can can do the required job for Heyneke Meyer.

Tutu even went out of his way to draw an example from a previous Springboks' team, as the bishop brought up Teboho Mohoje in his letter who he believed "was leapfrogged into the team by a paler player".

South Africa

What the national team needs to do now is to move on from this event, as Tutu has sent out a ill-mannered letter based around race and with the current fixture list South Africa have it could ruin their month.

They have to travel to Australia and New Zealand in the next couple of weeks whilst also hosting some of the best teams in the world, so the last thing they need is to have the press hounding them about a letter from a social activist that would cause discomfort in the camp.

The next year is massive for Heyneke Meyer's men, mainly because this rugby Championship could be their opportunity to knock New Zealand off of the top spot and put doubt in their own abilities.

But on top of this, a priceless victory heading into the 2015 Rugby World Cup would claim a new found confidence for the Springboks after having not really dominated the rugby scene since 2009.

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