Mbalula happy with #RWC2015 Bok squad
Mbalula the World Cup Bok squad has his support as they travel to London for the tournament.
JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says he is happy with the Springbok team selected to go to the Rugby World Cup in London and says all South Africans must now rally behind them.
Last night, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer named his 31-man squad which includes eight players of colour amid growing tension around transformation in the industry.
With just under three weeks to go until kick off, Mbalula says the World Cup Bok squad has his full support as they travel to London for the tournament.
"I suppose all of the 31 players would want to win it for South Africa and they need our support more than ever before."
He says transformation is not something that can be achieved overnight and South Africans must be aware that there are measures in motion to improve transformation in the industry.
But he says Meyer has responded to calls to include more capable players of colour and South Africans must give the team their full support.
"For now with what we have, in terms of the Springboks, I'm happy with the selection of the coach."
Mbalula says he has no doubt that every member in the team will do the country proud.
Meanwhile, Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) has also welcomed the squad selection but says it is unacceptable that changes were only made once concerns were raised.
Forwards - Willem Alberts, Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Lood de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss, Duane Vermeulen.
Backs - Damian de Allende, Jean de Villiers (captain), Fourie du Preez, Bryan Habana, Zane Kirchner, Jesse Kriel, Pat Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Handre Pollard, Morne Steyn.
WATCH: 2015 RWC Springbok squad announced.