Good day all. I just saw this story on Rugby365.com: Boks to miss World Cup? Tuesday 03rd April 2007 The South African rugby team may have their passports confiscated if the make-up of the side does not meet government's transformation requirements. This is according to Butana Komphela, the chairperson of South Africa's parliamentary committee on sport. "My fear is that the Boks will not be at the World Cup," he told Die Burger. "We will try to convince the minister of home affairs to cancel the passports if the team is not representative. "I'm sketching the worst case scenario and we don't want it to happen. We are well-mannered but deadly serious about it. But strangely enough, if six out of the World Cup squad of 30 are players of colour that may be enough to avoid disaster. "We will not be happy with six players, but would regard it as a good start," said Komphela. "We would like to see that SA Rugby considers all the talent that is available when choosing the squad. "Six out of 30 is not representative, but it's a good start. If good reasons are provided, we will take it into consideration and change our approach. Nobody has control over things like injuries. "In principle we won't allow a team that is not representative of the South African picture to represent the country." Andy Marinos, Manager of South African National Teams, was taken aback when informed of Komphela's comments by this website. "This has come completely out of left field. "Our Managing Director (Jonathan Stones) and our Chief Executive (Johan Prinsloo) have been in talks with Komphela and Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen since their appointments. "But this is completely surprising. "I don't know what line of authority Komphela has if he would choose to undertake such action." Oregan Hoskins, the President of the South African Rugby Union said Komphela's comments would be regarded in a "serious light". "We have not nearly finalised the group of players. We want to co-operate with the government and will talk to them often," he told Die Burger. Most of you who know my feeloings about the quota system will no doubt know what I think of this but what does evryone else think? What would rugby across the world be like if all nations allowed this sort of political bullsh1t to intervene. It was because of politics that SA were not allowed to international rugby for a very long time and to many people in SA and several people on this forum the 95 world cup promised the end of politics in SA sport. To me the actions of people like Komphela shows a deep disrespect for the progress that has been made in SA since 94 and it helps to pollute a social atmosphere that can do with a lot less finger pointing and a hell of a lot more winning. Nobody cared about skin colour when Pienaar lifted the RWC in 95 and if SA can hack it this time around nobody back home will care if half the team were Henson-orange or ROG-blue.