An interview we carried last week on the views of Gerald Sibanda, a former Zimbabwe rugby international, reached audiences far and wide across the planet — containing some significant weight and probably likely to help shape agenda on the future of a game struggling to shed off its elitist image on the world scale.
Some of the biggest names in world rugby responded to Sibanda’s global vision for the sport, generally agreeing with the ex-Zimbabwe utility back that indeed the game ought to take a different path and, for the first time, seriously address growing universal calls to give the rest of the world a fair share of the spoils.
Rugby, many have continued to say, must become a truly global sport at long last. The passionate voice of Sibanda–who played professionally in South Africa, Scotland and Romania as an African Test player — represented a key constituency in the game when he spoke out last week.
One of those who reacted this week was Herbert Mensah, an influential figure in African rugby these days.
We carry a special feature this week, in which former Old Hararians, Mashonaland, Sussex and Saracens winger airs his strong views — perhaps the hardest-hitting to date by an African.
Without me stealing the thunder, I will keep this blog short and sweet this week, and a let you digest this rather distinctive take.