Rugby Union - Springboks need more black players: Tutu

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Rugby Union - Springboks need more black players: Tutu
ST PAUL, MN - JULY 20: Archbishop Desmond Tutu takes the stage during the 2014 Starkey Hearing Foundation So The World May Hear Gala at the St. Paul RiverCentre on July 20, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation/AFP (AFP Photo/Adam Bettcher)

- South Africa's Springbok rugby team should include more black players, Nobel peace prize laureate and leading anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu said Friday.

The widely-respected former Anglican archbishop criticised what he called the "tortoise pace" at which racial integration has taken place in the national team since the end of apartheid 20 years ago.

"Particularly hurtful is the selection of black players as peripheral squad members, never given the chance to settle down and earn their spurs," he said in a letter to the Cape Times.

The Springboks, who are ranked as number two in the world, play Argentina on Saturday with two black Africans on the bench but none in the starting 15.


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