First On EWN: Mujati refused concession

Prop Brian Mujati during a Springbok training session. Picture: AFP/Gianluigi Guercia
CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News Sport has learned that Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula refused to grant the South African Rugby Union (Saru) a special concession to allow Brian Mujati to play for the Springboks again.

In a written letter to Saru, Mbalula advised that the only way for Mujati to play for the Boks is if the correct process is pursued.

The Ministry said Mujati should be formerly naturalised and carry a national passport as all sportspeople representing a national team are required to do by law.

It is understood coach Heyneke Meyer’s request came relatively late.

Meyer wanted Mujati to join the Boks on their End of Year Tour, but the current complications seemingly placed the Ministry in an invidious position and raised their ire.

Mujati played 12 Tests for the Springboks in 2008 and is a Zimbabwean national.

By International Rugby Board (IRB) regulations he is therefore unable to represent any other country as a result.