South African rugby goes in search of rugby racists

South African rugby officials are offering a cash reward to try to track down three white men who attacked a black fan at an their final Tri Nations test at the weekend.

The South African Rugby Union said Monday in a statement that it is offering 10,000 rand (US$1,290) to identify the men who shouted racist taunts as they assaulted a black woman during halftime of South Africa’s match against Australia on Saturday.

SARU president Oregan Hoskins expressed outrage at both the attack and the failure of passers-by to intervene.

Since the days of apartheid, some whites have embraced rugby as their sport exclusively. Attempts in recent years to reach out to black fans and players have repeatedly run up against rugby’s legacy of racism.

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