For the second consecutive week, the eight South African players in the Sale Sharks’ starting line-up have shown courage not to bend the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
They also stood out against the Exeter Chiefs last night. Just like last week, they also wore the white T-shirts with the “Rugby against Racism” slogan on them.
However, English center Manu Tuilagi has bowed the knee this time.
Ross said a week or so ago that none of the players in his team – or in the entire competition – are racist.
“We will show on a united front on Friday night as a team that we are opposed to racism,” he said.
However, Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, was dissatisfied with what he saw in England and demanded an explanation from SA Rugby.
“We saw that they wore T-shirts in support of BLM, but they did not bend the knee. “When I saw it, I asked Saru’s president to explain what happened so that we are on the same wavelength,” Mthethwa said.
Steve Diamond, Sale Sharks’ director of rugby, once again defended his players who decided not to bend the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It will be a storm in a glass of water. We all wore the Rugby Against Racism shirts that we considered important. To be honest, I do not think the whole thing is something you have to worry about. ”
When asked more recently about the issue, he said politicians should stay out of sports.
“Sport has already shown its commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement around the world, either by wearing a T-shirt or bending the knee.
“Bending the knee is every individual’s personal choice. I don’t think politicians should get involved, because they only dry up if they do. “