Is rugby racist?

Sharing Sunday: A good look at some of the issues facing South African rugby. As is often the case there is no easy answer.

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My South African Adventure: ‘Is Rugby Racist?’

Cath Everett examines why if you are black in South Africa you play football, and you are if white you play rugby
By Cath Everett
August 28, 2014 10:56 BST

The Sprinkboks – South Africa’s national rugby team – can only field three black players at any time.(Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)
South Africa must be one of the few countries in the world in which the sport you watch, or play for that matter, is largely dictated by the colour of your skin.

While it’s always a bit tricky to trade in stereotypes, as a general rule, the games that people enjoy here appear to be linked to the racial categories assigned to them under the apartheid regime that was disbanded 20 years ago.

If you’re black in this sports-mad nation, chances are that you will support, or maybe even play for, a local…

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