Former Springbok captain Bobby Skinstad yesterday backed the decision to postpone the investigation into racism in the South African squad until after the Rugby World Cup. And he said that racial prejudice had never been a problem in any of the national sides he had been involved in. 'In terms of preparation for the World Cup, I believe the decision to push back the inquiry to post-World Cup is the best thing for the team. The players need as little distraction as possible and they need to concentrate on the tournament,' said Skinstad, who was in town for the annual Sevens Long Lunch. Skinstad, who said he had shared rooms with coloured (mixed race) players in the past, has played for Western Province with Quinton Davids, who is one of the central figures in the race storm which has enveloped South Africa in recent weeks. Locks Geo Cronje and Davids were dropped from the Springbok squad after Cronje allegedly refused to share a room with Davids, a coloured player. 'I have played with Davids for the past three years,' said Skinstad. 'I have never seen racism as an issue in any of the South African squads I have been involved with.' Number eight Skinstad, 27, was not picked to represent South Africa at next month's World Cup as he is still recovering from a broken right arm suffered during a club match last month. Skinstad said he was captain of the first South African team picked on a quota basis - just after Nelson Mandela became president in 1994 - and that in all his years with the national set-up, had never seen race as an issue. 'I captained the under-19s that year and it was the first multi-racial sports side in South Africa. There were 15 blacks and 15 whites in the squad, the first time a team was picked on a quota basis. Race has never been an issue as far as I was concerned,' said Skinstad. 'I have never been able to see people any different because of their skin colour. On a personal level, I feel there is a vast difference between racism and any form of bias and I think this whole episode has been hugely sensationalised.' An independent investigation headed by retired judge Edwin King - who was also involved in the inquiry into cricket match-fixing - has been put on hold until early next year. While King will mainly focus on the Cronje-Davids issue, it has been decided to widen his brief to see if racism still exists in South African rugby at all levels. King has stated he will focus on a report by former Springbok spokesman Mark Keohane, who resigned last week after Cronje was cleared of wrongdoing by the South African Rugby Football Union. In a further twist, Julian Smith, one of two black members of King's team, resigned over the decision to postpone the inquiry. Smith, vice-rector of Stellenbosch University, accused SARFU of losing a 'prime opportunity to advance fundamental change'. Skinstad said he had not given up hope of playing at the World Cup. 'I was in the 35-man squad but failed to make it to the final 30. However, I will not rule myself out of contention. I will strive to stay fit and if there any injuries to the loose forwards, maybe I might be picked as a replacement.'