14 May 2010

SARU apologises for non-Maori All Black tours

6:27 am on 14 May 2010

The South African Rugby Union has apologised to New Zealand's Maori players and black players in South Africa who were discriminated against during the country's racist past.

SARU president Oregan Hoskins says it is appropriate for SARU to apologise to Maori players who were excluded from tours to South Africa.

He says even more importantly, this is the opportunity to apologise on behalf of rugby to black South Africans who were denied the opportunity to represent their country and their provinces.

Hoskins says the acknowledgment of the mistakes of SARU's predecessors is an attempt to lift the shadow of rugby's racially divided past in South Africa.