A group of former Saru players has written to SA Rugby asking for the name of Craven Week to be changed.
Saru was a non-racial governing body for South African rugby during apartheid, while Danie Craven was president of the whites-only South African Rugby Board.
The group of more than 20 former Saru players says the name of the U13 and U18 provincial festivals brings back painful memories of the past when players of colour were not allowed to attend Craven Week or play for the Springboks.
‘Craven Week is one of the last bastions of the apartheid era that still goes on and everyone overlooks it,’ former Saru loose forward Tauriq Britton told Rapport newspaper. ‘But that name still holds so many angry feelings and resentment.
‘The Craven name must go. It causes too much pain for us former [Saru] national players, including those whose children now play under that Craven name.’