Rugby development on track - Saru

The South African Rugby Union said it was on track to develop and grow rugby among black citizens.

The Springboks during a training session at Fourways High School on 3 June, 2009. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Tuesday said is on track to develop and grow rugby among black players.

The union addressed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Sports and Recreation to give an update on its implementation plan.

Since 1992, around R500 million has been spent on developing the sport, Saru's Mervin Green said.

He explained how the game had transformed over the past 20 years.

Green said Saru has tried to grow the sport in disadvantaged schools and clubs.

According to officials, 51 black players have donned the green and gold since 1992.

Green said Saru has also made strides in developing black coaches.

However, it is the inclusion of EP Kings in the Super Rugby competition, which Saru believes will grow the game in Port Elizabeth - an area considered to be the bedrock of black rugby.