League in a land of unparalleled athletic abilities?” Here is what South Africa’s first Rugby
League’s Springbok Legend, Oom Jan Prinsloo, had to say.
“ One of the major tasks that were set b years ago by the Executive Board many years ago
was to secure and enhance certain values of Life, especially in sport and the formation of
potential rugby stars. It was therefore a priviledge for die administrators of the Game to intro
duce themselves as ambassadors and to uphold from the start, that Rugby League is and
always will be focused on diccipline, a love and respect for our country and towards its people.
Today, Rugby League is still is prepared thorough all the years to play rugby with the necessary
respect towards the priorities and objectives for sporting bodies in South Africa and as it is
embedded in the country’s legislation for Sport and Recreation. It will always remain a key
objective, namely to ensure that this International code of rugby is played and administered
in the good spirit of a national sport in a sport loving and winning country.
One should always remember that the underlying rationale was the persuit of a new inclusive
dispensation for macro sport in our country. A dispensation which will enable South Africa
as a country to formulate and to implement sports development programs that are inclusive,
holistic and intergrated from talented identification to national and international participation.
In this regard,Rugby League must always, wholeheartedly, support these views.
It must be remembered that Sport is central to achievement of every single one of the aspi-
rations, policies and principles that underpin the objectives of our Government, not with-
standing the deliberately contrived past fromwhich it emerges, it is now a united force
ready to discharge its responsibility as a unifier, healer of wounds, creator of opportunities,
booster of national health, consolidator of international ties and restorer of the culture
of learning and teaching of the so-called marginalized youth.” says Prinsloo.