February 4th, 2020 Nine in 10 South African players are signing a deal to play professional rugby overseas within the next two years, or are at least considering the possibility.
This is according to the results of a survey conducted by MyPlayers (the players’ organisation for all professional rugby players in South Africa) that were published in a ‘Voice 2019’ report.
For the statistics in the table below, players were asked to mark only the most appropriate answer to why they were leaving the country, thus to select just one option.
Transformation and South Africa’s political situation were deliberately specified as distinct options to prevent ambiguity in interpreting the political situation as an approximation for transformation systems.
The results clearly show the percentage of players who regard the two distinct options as their primary reason for signing an overseas deal.
The political situation encompasses many aspects of South African life, which includes unstable electricity supply, drought management, economic and political volatility, protests, and the exchange rate.
The report noted that for players earning pounds and euros, a weaker local currency is an advantage.
Political situation 18%
Experience different cultures 10%
Game time 8%