South African teams will need to meet new racial quotas during next year's Vodacom Cup, SARU has announced.
Following an executive council meeting on Monday it was decided that teams will need to have a minimum of seven players of colour in their matchday 22. At least five players must be in the starting XV and two of those need to be forwards.
The South African Rugby Union is hopeful that by complementing these quotas, more players of colour will become available at Currie Cup and Super Rugby level.
"This decision to introduce measurable targets underlines SARU's commitment to transformation," commented Oregan Hoskins, president of the South African Rugby Union.
"The Vodacom Cup is a critical step on the development pathway in professional rugby but it had moved away from its primary purpose of presenting opportunities for young emerging players, particularly black players.
"All the 14 provinces recognised that fact and that we needed to address it as strategic objective at our Transformation Indaba last year. That and other decisions were shared with the Department of Sports and Recreation as well as the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee.
"This is rugby's tangible step on delivering on that pledge. The intended outcome is an increased pool of black talent from which Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby coaches can select and - in due course - more options for the Springbok coach."