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Kayser only selected because of colour - Mallett
April 3, 2000

Springbok coach Nick Mallett has claimed that Deon Kayser would not initially have made the Springbok test side but for the SARFU instructions regarding black players.
Nick Mallett made the claims while speaking at the weekend's Nike All Star camp. "There is no way he would have made the squad had he not been a black player," Mallett admitted. "He was the 31st player in the Sharks line-up but you have to say that he made the best of the opportunity when it came around. Deon's now had the opportunity and has proved that he is good enough. When he played his first test against Italy he didn't put a foot wrong. He's hardly had a bad game for the Springboks."
Mallett also said that he had erred by judging the player without having watched him enough in the at Currie Cup and for the Sharks in the Super 12.
Mallett agreed that South African coaches often judge players without giving them sufficient opportunity to prove themselves. "I suppose coaches make those judgment calls from time to time but you have to be open-handed about this. You have to be fair and you have to give the player a chance."

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