Richard Farago, May 2015

Sam Vincent’s article on David Pocock (April) was very interesting, but it did not mention the Australian rugby players who took a stand on apartheid. After playing against the Springboks in South Africa in 1969, Tony Abrahams, James Roxburgh, Paul Darveniza, Barry McDonald, Terry Forman and Bruce Taafe saw for themselves how appallingly black people were being treated. These Wallabies said they would not play against the Springboks again if only white players were eligible for the South African team. None of them were chosen to play for Australia again. What they did, however, was an important contribution to the South African government’s later decision to abandon its terrible apartheid regime.

Richard Farago
Cammeray, NSW