Eusebius not convinced by Mapimpi's 'bomb squad' explanation

Springboks player Makazole Mapimpi has dismissed suggestions of division within the squad.

This follows the circulation of video where he was left out of a group celebration.

However, Eusebius McKaiser is not convinced and has this to say about the issue.

When one sees a video like that with a group of players in the Springboks team that on the face of it do not want to huddle the black player and they are all white, it is perfectly rational for a South African who is fluent in our racist history, including the racism in the sport of rugby, to formulate an initial view that says this demonstrates precisely what is problematic about race and rugby in our country.

Eusebius McKaiser, Show host

It is still rational for earlier when that video went viral for everyone to have been dismayed. The rationality of the initial reaction is not undermined when you find out there is some quirky rule.

Eusebius McKaiser, Show host

It is appropriate for us to respond to a reality that is.

Eusebius McKaiser, Show host

The hasty attempt to try and make this go away says a lot about our fear of having difficult conversations.

Eusebius McKaiser, Show host

Unless Mapimpi joined the squad yesterday, why was he disappointed? Why was his body language indicative of someone who had been excluded? Are you saying this guy found out the rule after he was upset?

Eusebius McKaiser, Show host

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