reply to post by halfoldman
The confusion arises from the fact that there are two separate teams:
The New Zealand national rugby union team, the All Blacks, that represents New Zealand on the international stage, and that any New Zealander is
eligible to play for.
The NZ Maori team, which is a representative team that only Maoris ( or, as you say, someone with a Maori parent or grandparent ) can represent. The
NZ Maori team is not
the All Blacks, and is a separate entity !
NZ Maori tend to play matches against touring teams, as a warm-up before they play the New Zealand national team.
So, if the Springboks are touring New Zealand, then they may play a match against the NZ Maori before they play their Test Matches against the All
The idea of the NZ Maori team is a bit outdated, as I think it stemmed from a time when Maoris were under-represented in the national team.
Nowadays, most of the All Blacks have Polynesian ancestry, not just Maoris, but Tongan and Samoan, as well.
A lot of Polynesians are very well-built and physically imposing, which makes them well cut out for rugby.
I remember reading about them granting ''honorary white'' status to certain non-whites, and I think that this included some members of touring
cricket and rugby teams, and this was after the notorious Basil d'Oliveira incident, which led to the sporting boycott of South Africa.
Incredibly, one of the teams to break this sporting boycott, was a rebel West Indian cricket team !
Sadly, this just shows how money will turn people's heads, and will override any principles.
I've heard that before about the ''coloureds'' being stuck in a bit of a limbo, but what happened to coloured people in the apartheid era, who
could pass for white ?
The South African cricketer, Herschelle Gibbs, for example, was classed as a non-white player, yet he looks at least three-quarters white.