Rugby World Cup 2011

Div's most memorable sayings

2011-10-11 10:19
Peter de Villiers (File)





Cape Town - During Peter de Villiers's time in charge of the Springboks he became well-known for a vivid turn of phrase. Here are some of his more memorable quotes:

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"If I am the weakest line then we are bloody strong. I am a God-given talent. I am the best I can ever be. I know what I am and I don't give a damn."

"I am going to pull a rat out of the hat."

"Why don't we go to the nearest ballet shop, get some tutus and get a dancing shop going? There will be no eye gouging, no tackling, no nothing, and we will enjoy it."
- Reacting to Springbok flanker Schalk Burger eye gouging British and Irish Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald

"There is little difference between winning and losing except you feel better after winning."

"Graham Henry is a good coach, but he is like me, he has a big mouth."
- Commenting on the current New Zealand coach

"No one is born a rugby player. You are born a person who becomes a rugby player and I can enhance this with warmth and reach your soul and make you realise there is life after rugby."

"I always knew I was destined for something big - but I did not realise it would be this big (Springbok coach). Whatever job I did I always excelled at it, and quickly. Time is not a concern to me and I will work 24 hours to get a job done, knowing hard work is always rewarded."

"I will not change my style. If I change my style I will change Peter de Villiers and then I would have to tell God that he made a mistake when he made me."

"We are very organised at the moment (after winning 2009 Tri-Nations). We do not want to become a fruit salad."


"I have got a job to do. I think I am a strong individual, a strong character. I do not care what people think about me. I do not care what people say about me. It is what I think about me and myself - and I love myself a lot."

"It was a brilliant journey. There's a time to come and a time to go and I think the journey for me is over."

- Saying he probably won't keep his job as South Africa's coach following the World Cup quarter-final defeat by Australia.

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