Boks on Tour

Div's job 'safe'

2010-11-29 10:42
Peter de Villiers (Gallo)
Cape Town - South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins says the are no plans to dismiss Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and his management team for next year’s Rugby World Cup, according to a Cape Times report.

De Villiers has been under tremendous pressure after an awful 2010 season in which the Boks won only eight out of 14 Tests, including two victories over minnows Italy, with last week’s defeat to Scotland in Edinburgh the lowest point of the season.

But after Saturday’s 21-11 victory over England in London, Hoskins said SARU did not intend to replace De Villiers and his management team.

“It was good to end off the season on a high,” Hoskins told the Cape Times from London on Sunday. “I think it was important psychologically to get such a result before the World Cup year, especially as England were on the up and did really well to beat Australia two weeks ago. I felt that the Bok team played to their strengths and we could see why they are the world champions.”

Hoskins was still upbeat about the Boks’ chances of success at the World Cup in New Zealand next September.

“I am thankful to the coaches and the players for their efforts on this tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland,” he said. “It has been a tough year for us all, but this win over England was a good marker for 2011. I am really positive about our rugby and our chances of retaining the World Cup.”

De Villiers will undergo his usual post-tour review upon his return to South Africa. The Boks conclude their tour with a match against the Barbarians, who will be coached by former Springbok mentor Nick Mallett, at Twickenham in London on Saturday.

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