SARU makes bid for Mujati
SARU approached Sports Minsitry requesting Brian Mujati a concession to become an SA citizen.
CAPE TOWN – Eyewitness News Sport confirmed on Friday morning that the South African Rugby Union (SARU) has written formally to the Department of Sport and Recreation over Brian Mujati's future as a springbok.
The Zimbabwean national, who currently plays for Northampton in England, has played 12 times for the Springboks, but is currently ineligible for selection due to the fact that he is not a South African citizen or passport holder.
Last week, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer wanted to call-up the tight-head as the 32nd member of his squad, but was unable to.
EWN Sport understands the president of SARU Oregan Hoskins sent a formal letter last week to the department, and it is in the minister's power to grant a special concession.
Government has replied, requesting that SARU make all the necessary arrangements for consideration.
However, it is also understood that it will be a lengthy process and will require, among other things, a motivation from SARU that there are no better props available for selection to Meyer.
This move is significant as it shows that Mujati’s international future will finally be clarified.
Mujati has been in contact with Meyer informally.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)