Sonny Bill Williams‘s manager Khoder Nasser has ripped into Rugby Australia, accusing it of excluding outsiders and why there are so few Aboriginal players.
Mr Nasser said the organisation was unable to deal with anyone not from a white private school background.
He said while Polynesian or Pacific Islander playing made up more than half the player base, they were only given ‘token’ off-field roles.
Khoder Nasser believes Sonny Bill Williams (pictured) could have played for the Wallabies
Khoder Nasser (pictured) has launched a spectacular attack at Rugby Australia’s inability to deal with outsiders
Appearing on The Breakdown podcast, Mr Nasser claimed Australia rugby union was hostile to outsiders and said its employees did not match the diversity of the players.
‘I just don’t think rugby has the ability to deal with outsiders and by outsiders I mean anyone who comes from outside a white private school background,’ he said.
He said the board, coaches, assistant coaches and player liason agents were overwhelmingly white, and any non Pacific Islander employees were ‘tokens’.
When asked if Rugby Australia was racist he responded: ‘If more than 50 per cent of your constituents are black or Polynesian and you don’t have any in positions of influence or decision making. What do you think that is?’
Mr Nasser also called for Rugby Australia to implement a South African-style racial quota system, referencing South Africa’s Rugby World Cup win in 2019.
‘It’s a example of what can happen under strong leadership, of trying to make it inclusive for everybody.’
Mr Nasser went on to question the lack of Indigenous Australians playing rugby saying: ‘The Aboriginals are some of the most talented rugby players we’ve ever had, where are they?’
‘Why don’t the Aboriginals feel free to play this game?’
Sonny Bill Williams (pictured) was never contacted by the Wallabies when he walked out of the NRL
Mr Nasser referenced Quade Cooper’s (pictured) $40,000 fine for calling the Wallabies environment ‘toxic’ calling Rugby Australia a ‘modern dictatorship’
Mr Nasser also manages former Wallaby Quade Cooper who was fined $40,000 in 2012 for calling the Wallabies environment ‘toxic’.
Addressing the incident Mr Nasser described the national team environment as a ‘modern dictatorship’ where players were unable to express themselves.
At the end of the interview Mr Nasser took aim how Rugby Australia recruiters responded when Williams sensationally walked out on the NRL in 2008 to play rugby in France.
He believes there could have been a discussion between Rugby Australia and Williams about potentially playing for the Wallabies.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Rugby Australia for comment.
Khoder Nasser (left) is the long time manager of Quade Cooper (center) and Sonny Bill Williams (right)
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News