Sports/ 07 November 2019, 13:24pm/ Sompane Molefi
Springboks Squad together with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after winning Rugby world cup: Image supplied
Bloemfontein: With the jubilation over the Rugby World Cup Springboks just won in Japan, the Free State rugby lovers and supporters feel sidelined despite having players within the champion squad.
On Thursday Morning Springboks began the parading of the cup in Pretoria, Gauteng and among the cities it expected to go to showing the cup there is no Bloemfontein or any town of the Free state.
Thamsaqa Manju of Bloemfontein told The Insider that: “This is embarrassing to me and it fuels hate because this cup is a sign of unity but they exclude Free State people from viewing the cup even though we have two players in the winning squad.”
Manju added that the local FS Cheetahs failed also to show the Currie Cup it recently won.
“Not long time ago the local rugby club won currie cup but it did not showcase it to us. White people in both SARU and Cheetahs don’t like Black communities. We love rugby and we support it,” he added.
Jan Malgas added: “It is hurting that during world cup we supported springboks but they excluded Bloemfontein, they think the sport is supported by white only.”
Among the towns which SARU chose for the cup to be viewed include Durban and Cape Town.
Meanwhile other Provinces that are excluded for Springbok world cup tour, includes Northern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and NorthWest.
Both SARU and FS Rugby were unavailable for immediate response.