South African captain Siya Kolisi believes former President Nelson Mandela would not have supported the quota system in the National Team.
According to SA Magazine, Springboks will be expected to have 50% black players in 2019, which is a recommendation by the SA Rugby’s Strategic Transformation Plan.
In 2018 the side achieved an average black player representation of 39% and it was during the clash against Wales in Washington DC when the 45% target was achieved.
Kolisi feels that even the late Mandela would have just wished for better results from the team and he wouldn’t care who would be featured in the squad.
In an interview with Kyodo News during a visit to Tokyo in December, Kolisi was asked for his thoughts on Mandela and the quota system and he said:
“I don’t think he would have supported that(Mandela). All he cared about was a better South Africa,” Kilosi was quoted by Kyodo news.
The backrower says the selection should be on merit and not because of skin colour.
“You shouldn’t put a number on something like that … I wouldn’t want to be picked because of my skin colour.