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Div will have huge impact: UWC

2012-06-19 22:19

Johannesburg - Peter de Villiers's new employer, the University of the Western Cape (UWC), believes the former Springbok coach will be a big asset to its institution.

De Villiers will take up a new post as director of rugby at UWC.

"Peter brings decades of knowledge relating to rugby and other sports to the UWC community. He will motivate students and staff alike and his impact on the entire sports programme will be immense," vice-chancellor, Brian O'Connell said.

He said De Villiers's extensive expertise would not be confined to simply growing UWC sportsmen and women to achieve on the scoreboard.

"As an engaged university, UWC is also about uplifting and empowering the community it serves, and De Villiers's extended brief is to establish a UWC-based resource centre that will create a new generation of coaches, players, referees and administrators from local clubs and schools, as well as from UWC."

De Villiers said the appointment was his dream job.

"I am asked how one follows up on coaching the national side at international level. The answer is simple: by giving back and transforming sport at grassroots level, and through this position at UWC, I get to do this and fulfil a lifelong ambition."

The Cape Times reported that De Villiers had officially been involved with UWC since the start of the month.

"It's good to be working again and great to have a hands-on role in the sport I love. I have been impressed with the potential to grow rugby at UWC and think I can play a positive role there," he said.

Speaking at a breakfast hosted by the newspaper on Monday, he said he would help the university in a project to regain its status as a rugby stronghold.

De Villiers was replaced by Heyneke Meyer as national coach at the beginning of the year.

In his four-year term, he coached the Springboks to Tri-Nations champions and a series victory over the British and Irish Lions in 2009.

His stint ended on a low as the Springboks bowed out of last year's World Cup in New Zealand against Australia in the quarter-finals.

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Comments
  • volstruis.potchefstroom - 2012-06-19 22:38

    Go UWC - you finally decided not to take rugby serious anymore. Finally a coach yust as high as the \bergies\

      Beertjie Peertjie - 2012-06-20 00:18

      What a silly comment.

      Stormkaap - 2012-06-20 09:56

      Ja well his first name says it all....Loop al seker sy hele lewe met sy kop in die sand

  • craigdmn - 2012-06-19 22:40

    Give UWC a bells for appointing Mr PdV...

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-19 23:01

      Point of correction,,, Prof. De Villiers.

      craigdmn - 2012-06-19 23:38

      sorry my mistake...its Prof Coach Pieter De Villiers...

      jason.children - 2012-06-20 08:03

      PDivy on his appointment as UWC Director of Rugby: "I am really positive that I can teach these kids that two in a bush behind the glass house wont spoil the Broth,.....................You Know! It is after all what rugby is about"

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-06-19 22:41

    " Ja Swaar...ons moet maar wag en kyk..."

  • volstruis.potchefstroom - 2012-06-19 22:42

    Having to decide between supporting Div or stopping watching FNB Varsity Cup. Well ill miss the rugby.

  • Provence - 2012-06-19 23:05

    Lekka lekka speel manne!! Hoop ou John Smit en die manne kan jou weer back vir die position.

  • Ken - 2012-06-19 23:31

    Go Snorre!!

  • Carl - 2012-06-20 02:33

    Good luck to him!

  • Boereroo - 2012-06-20 04:09

    Yes you know if UWC wants to run with the other dogs they have to be prepared to lift their legs. Whoos your coats, whoos your coats???

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-20 07:05

    Maybe they will win the Rugby World Cup!!!!

  • marie.disgusted - 2012-06-20 07:12

    Yikes! That doesn't bode well for UWC! He had no plan of action for the Springboks, his book is filled with grievances and ridiculous accusations....why would he have a plan now for UWC?

  • Kevin - 2012-06-20 08:07

    Well, he had a HUGE impact on the Boks too... Sadly, not a positive impact

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-06-20 08:09

    Give the man a break guys, maybe he will do well in his new job. I mean Rudolph Straeuli had a shocking tenure as Springbok coach, If im not mistaken i think he had a 52% win rate which is not much to talk about, yet he is doing a great job as a Commmercial Manager for the Sharks. We need to stop living in the past, PDiv was not the greatest Bok Coach to date, but there were many before him that were worse. Lets not crucify him for his past, but rather judge him on his future! Good Luck PDivy may your time at UWC be more fruitfull than your time as a Bok coach.

      Stormkaap - 2012-06-20 09:57

      Correction.. 3rd most successful coach

      Jed - 2012-06-20 10:29

      Storm, actually 4th since re-admission. 1. Kitch (Legend) 2. Mallet 3. White 4. De Villiers

      jan.ferreira.5 - 2012-06-20 11:28

      Kitch never played Australia or Nu Zealand in their backyard. Before Kitch there were Mac and several others. i.e John Williams

  • Niel - 2012-06-20 08:26

    This Volstruis character commenting on here is such an idiot. We all know he didnt do well with our national team, but you FORGET what good he done before he was selected for national coach. How about looking at that twit and note what good he can be for UWC. This is an excellent appointment. The more pleasing part also is noting that news 24 comments (public) is mostly supporting him. Glad to see not a single race comment for once also. thanks all.

  • Sydney Luger Masalethulini - 2012-06-20 09:24

    Uwc have got it right div is arugby great !

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