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Div's most memorable sayings

2011-10-11 10:19

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:

GALLERY: Fans welcome home the Boks

GALLERY: Who will be the next Bok coach?

"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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Comments
  • Barry M - 2011-10-11 10:25

    High on Helium most of the time - but whatever else he might be he is one of a kind!

      Boetjan - 2011-10-11 11:29

      he made some other impressive comments too.. I remember him being asked how prepared he was for the world cup, and he replied by saying we were already prepared for our match against tonga (even tho we werent grouped with them).. And he also said he was 90% sure we were going to win the world cup. Very sad to see the end of some of our best players, i'll always wonder what could have been if we had a competant coach. But, on a bright note, im very happy to see the back of him. SARU have only made a shame of themselves, pdivvy has only ever embarrased us and we've lost our world cup trophy.. You can't claim that we've taken a step foward but, this is the cost of mixing sports and politics..

      Fredster69 - 2011-10-11 12:25

      Spyker... I assume you can do the job far better? apply for it please...then millions of fans can also call you an idiot, you idiot

      odysseus - 2011-10-11 16:09

      yup.... its called a fruit salad apparently

      whatsinaname - 2011-10-11 17:58

      Saturdays pre match interviewed he was asked about John Smit being the number 1 hooker. His reply to the New Zealand commentator......"If John Smit lived in your country he would be the number 1 number 2 too!!!" Classic lol!!!

      Spyker May - 2011-10-11 18:01

      ...69.., It is not how much better I could have done, or in fact how much better a piece of frozen mince meat would have done, it is how much better the person that should have been there from the onset would have done, you free roaming freak...

      Willie - 2011-10-11 21:35

      could`ve would`ve should`ve spyker...sad man

      aboriginal - 2011-10-11 22:31

      Spyker hou jou bek. Jy praat k*k

      Meanleader - 2011-10-12 10:23

      De Villiers silence on the reffing debacle is deafening ...... Now is the time to use that big mouth Pieter !!!

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-10-12 11:47

      P DIVVY was a tonic - his strong points were ...; Absolutely loyal towards his players, Passionate about rugby and the BOKS, A disciplinarian, Friendly, steady guy ... without moods. His unfortunate weak points were ...; No real progress in BOK rugby during his tenure, One dimensional play pattern, BOK back line play regulated to the ice age, Weak support and specialist coaches [Muir and Gold], Absolutely stuck with players who did not perform [Spies, Smit, Habana]. Not a good, fluent and clear communicator. Whatever P DIVVY ... i salute you as a fellow, passionate South African ... and i KNOW you did Your very best ... and that is good enough for me my Bru.

  • Bootie - 2011-10-11 10:35

    Hey no matter what he says he got us into the 1/4's of the RWC and won us the Lions tour - I vote better the Devil we know than we don't !!! Keep him on man !!!!

      kosie - 2011-10-11 15:19

      so you strive to get to the quarters. us bokke we strive to be nr 1 anyhting worse than that is not good enough. and if you will settle for at least he got us tothe quarters, than you are becoming like bafana and the anc.

      The Kaapman - 2011-10-11 19:13

      I agree, he actually started to coach! I think he'll actually bring a lot of players through. He rested when he needed rested players. Didn't care what Aus and NZ thought. He took us to the 1/4 and we played the best rugby in 2 years, we could have won the world cup with that performance. The players didn't convert. The players should be able to do the basics right with out Div so lets no blame the coach. If we played like the AUS well we could complain about the performance! Lucky Deans!

      makes22 - 2011-10-11 23:01

      even if it's just for his 'comments'...but who can say he didnt have the correct game plan on sunday? it worked like a charm..no ball for the aussies to play with..just a pity the Boks couldn't get the points on the board..if we did..wud have been awesome! GO PDV!

      Edynot - 2011-10-12 09:10

      Whaaat an idiot... From winners of last cup to 1/4? He brought the boks from defending champs to a team that cant even make the semi's? Hell yea keep him on! Show the world how retarded South-Africans can be!!

  • wilbet willo - 2011-10-11 10:38

    Robert Mugabe should be able to get us into the 1/4's with the depth we have!!!!!

  • Shaz - 2011-10-11 10:42

    Ah, P-Divvy, you legend! :) Alles van die beste.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-11 10:46

    Thank you Div, for the humour-dose! Regarding the "fruit salad"...you are a unique ingredient and may you receive a hero's welcome back at Paarl...thank you for the road we could travel with you and the Springbokke...go well!

      Jonathan - 2011-10-11 15:02

      Would love to see him coach Boland and make them win...think that would the true test for any coach!

      Anneleen - 2011-10-11 15:09

      @Jonathan...have a feeling that he might just be kept very busy in the Boland region...

  • FAJH - 2011-10-11 10:57

    Let us never ever accuse Australians on arrogance when we have the likes of De Villiers's representing our country at the higest level.

  • Shakes - 2011-10-11 11:10

    Lol, definitely will be remembered for all the wrong reasons:) BUT.... Isn't the quarter final showing by the boks the game plan we've always wanted? The last two seasons were dismal and then they produce a game that had 80% territory against the Wallabies, wow, 6 lineouts stolen, flowing attacking rugby.... If we had had this game plan even a season ago the Boks would have been unstoppable! Definitely hope Rassie gets the job to carry this style of play forward.

  • InsideCenter - 2011-10-11 11:18

    Press conferences just won't be the same... Gonna miss Divvy.

  • DirtyDog - 2011-10-11 11:21

    Agree with Bootie! Keep Div on, he's one of a kind and for all his faults we didn't do to badly.

      Humpme Dumpm - 2011-10-11 13:59

      @DirtyDog........sorry bud.......but thats the problem..........we settle for "didn't do too badly"......we have bundles of talent in South Africa, we should command the same consistent respect as the All Blacks........Rugby is the one sport where we can consistently rate 1 or 2.............we have the best breeding grounds in the world, bar none........the schools like Grey College, Paarl Gym, Kes, Affies.....I could carry on forever.......I don't care who the coach is.......we insult our players and supporters by not searching out the best........when we have the best talent pool of players......If SAFA can pay Pitso Mosimane R600 000 per month to coach Bafunny Bafunny........we should buy either Robbie Deans or Nick Mallett.........brilliant rugby minds.......they would fall over themselves for that cash to coach the talent we have!!! DON'T SETTLE FOR ANYTHING BUT THE BEST

      Chris L - 2011-10-12 08:59

      I agree. Everybody seems to be forgetting that he has a whole team of very competent coaches, the 'brains trust', if you like, and they work as a team, I imagine. He is a helluva colourful character, make no mistake, and there are lots of us that will miss him if he does in fact get he bullet or decide to move on. Well done Div!!

  • ty_47 - 2011-10-11 11:32

    What about, we won the game in every department other than the scoreboard. That's my favourite.

      Mlu - 2011-10-11 15:01

      The referee watched us play and the only thing in his mind was "They can play whatever, they'll never score a single try."

  • Samnkelo - 2011-10-11 11:36

    wt he does off the field shouldn't be a issue, wt matters is wt he does on the field. After all he is a rugby coach and not a TV presenter.

      G - 2011-10-11 23:35

      Silly, naive statement. Firstly, he didnt do much "on the field". Secondly, he is an embassador for the country and should avoid embarrassing said country with inane, imbicilic statements.

  • booboo - 2011-10-11 11:48

    It took a while, but he grew on me! Like me, he should probably stick to Afrikaans and for the rest: he is always brutally honest. A breath of fresh air and a good coach! Go with God Pieter!!!

  • Fredster69 - 2011-10-11 12:19

    SNORRE IS DIE MAN!!!!

      Carl Muller - 2011-10-12 08:14

      Yes, only for those that support him, for all the others it is Mr Peter de Villiers....

  • gooinat - 2011-10-11 12:37

    Best for me was when he spoke about Sonny Bill Williams and I quote"the fastest gunslinger does eventually die"!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Spike1977@24.com - 2011-10-11 12:46

    What about the story of Joseph??? That was my favourite.

  • LadyJustice - 2011-10-11 12:55

    One of my favourites was also a couple of years ago when we played Italy he said "ons moenie die Italianers onderskat nie, want hulle is nie net `n klomp spaghetti vreters nie." Have to admit that although he is not the sharpest pencil I think he did an outstanding job and certainly provided us with some much needed comic relief along the way. Peter - you will indeed be missed. x

  • Kevin - 2011-10-11 12:57

    We were not defeated by Australia, rather by a cheat of a ref who has taken any win away from his own NZ because there win would be hollow as they know he blew his whistle to protect NZ from the World Champions.

  • Paralegal - 2011-10-11 12:58

    Please please keep P Divvy on! He is a fabulous man, honest, quirky and he knows rugby and does not kowtow to the politicians either! When they wanted to enforce a quote, he told them to take a flying leap. P Divvy for Pres!!! ;0)

      Roman Moroni - 2011-10-12 08:13

      I agree with you, and only a non-white coach will get away with that. Give him another 2 years that we can see what he does with a new bunch of players (the old bunch resisted his new ideas and threatened to walk - this time let anybody walk if they are so inclined) - if he fails we can replace 2 seasons from the next RWC and the new guy will still have time to rescue. Div learnt the hard way that the world out there don't give a stuff about AA and he came on in leaps and bounds the last few seasons - his attitude and comments became much more street-wise as time went by.

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-10-11 13:30

    PIETER YOU BISCUIT, YOU LEGEND YOU! if people say our successful times were coz of depth and not you i.e lions win etc. then so too are you not responsible for our losses! 1st in group of death-well done.

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-10-11 13:31

    PIETER YOU BISCUIT, YOU LEGEND YOU! if people say our successful times were coz of depth and not you i.e lions win etc. then so too are you not responsible for our losses! 1st in group of death-well done. now go buy some nice tutus for desmond tutu.

  • Viv - 2011-10-11 13:32

    My opinion of Old Snor really did change last night. He always finds a funny comment to throw in. Div wasnt the best, but then again some of his predecessors werent either. He just got more stick because SARU were making a fuss about colour quotas. If he was just allowed to coach his team and be in control it may have been a different story. But if you listened to him in the press conference he inferred a couple times that he was never in control of the team. But what is done is done old Div's. Enjoy your last 2 months. You were certainly entertaining if anything!!

  • Future Human - 2011-10-11 13:34

    I actually thought he was a good coach. The loss against the Assies was pure bad luck, Divvy did his best I thought.

  • Tolerant - 2011-10-11 13:36

    It was a shame all went downhill since end of 2009.

  • nomercy - 2011-10-11 14:27

    I find the ridiculing of Pde V very sad. This guy was set up for failure from day one with jokes about his high pitched voice, accent, moustache, being an AA appointment, "inheriting" a great team etc. I would love to see any coach perform as well as he did whilst coping with all the negative public & media comments. I think he's a guy of great integrity and wish him all the best for his future.

  • aland - 2011-10-11 14:37

    Did he once say Earl Rose is the Tiger Woods of rugby?

      appeliefie - 2011-10-11 20:12

      no that was Ruan Pienaar

  • Stefan Roodt - 2011-10-11 15:11

    I still have no idea why Peter De Villiers has been beaten down like he has. He had the exact same CV as Jake White when he took over... Won an under 19 World Cup and Two Under 21 World Cups, no Super Fourteen or currie cup experience as a coach. We Won ONE Tri nations under Jake White, One under Peter De Villiers and he won a British and Irish Lions Tour. 95% of people in the world would have picked the same team he did for the World Cup, It literally came down to centimetres in that kick from Lambie and we were in the semis. We forget Australia are one of the favourites besides from New Zealand. Players have openly spoken highly of Div and what he brought to the setup. Best coach in the country? Possibly not. Would anyone else have done a better job in his shoes? Extremely doubtful.

  • boyd.lance - 2011-10-11 15:18

    " If John Smit was from your coutry he would be your number 1 No.2 too"

      Stefan Roodt - 2011-10-11 15:22

      Besides Us and New Zealnd probably... he is still World class but Bismarck is a cut above.

  • IIIlllIII - 2011-10-11 15:24

    Maybe this is the political compromise we have to make in this country, the idea of a head coach (who is the face) with a team a real coaches around him. Whether he know his Rugby or not, statistically this arrangement actually worked well. As for PdV himself, the Kiwi's did not like him, which was already a plus in my book. We could keep Div for what I care. But I say please, please get rid of Muir and Gold.Our fortunes started turning for the better when the influence if this pair was diluted by the appointment of people like Rassie. I am really amazed that few are calling for Muir and Gold's heads.They should take a big share of the blame for our unimaginative play, thinking that what worked for Jake White would work again. What was heartbreaking was that when in the end we were forced to play expansive Rugby, we actually showed that we had the players to be good at it, but we failed on the final execution because we lacked proper experience as a team, playing that style of Rugby.Go well Div if that is your choice. All the best and thanks for the good laughs.Someone, please show Muir the door.

  • cr1t - 2011-10-11 16:01

    I'm gonna mis him

  • carjan - 2011-10-11 16:12

    We'll all miss him - but please select a REPUTABLE coach instead

  • brok3news - 2011-10-11 17:42

    Despite all the hard times, well done Div. Our team was solid during the WC. Diciplined on and off the field and did us proud despite the loss. Great ambassadors for our country amongst all the on and off-field shenanigans by most of the other squads. Respect..

  • Tramp - 2011-10-11 18:24

    oh well, he was a colourful character. He tried his best. May his kind heart rest in peace. Now onto John Mitchell, Garth Wright and Naas Botha. Don't care what you say Naas won us games unlike Smit who decided to go for the line instead of adding 3 points to the scoreboard. Even a clueless female like me knew he had made a mistake.

  • Blackboy - 2011-10-11 18:30

    He coached amateur club Tygerberg in 1996 and 1997, and the Western Province Disas in 1997. In 1998, he enjoyed his first major appointments as assistant coach for Western Province in the Currie Cup and also the South Africa national under-19 side, which he took to third in the 1999 Under 19 Rugby World Championship. He took the Falcons through the 2002 and 2003 Currie Cup campaigns before going on to coach the South Africa national under-21 rugby union team between 2004 and 2006. In the 2004 Under 21 Rugby World Championship, South Africa finished third, but won in 2005 and came second in 2006. In 2007, De Villiers was appointed coach of the Emerging Springboks and led them to the title of the 2007 Nations Cup. - I personally think that Peter should stick to club rugby and youth rugby if you look at the above stats. Furthermore I think he can also mean a lot for the previously disadvantage communities. You endured a lot of critics the last few years, but hats off to you. !!. Most of these people that criticizes you are good from the sideline (Television Refs) but in the ruck and maul they are silent. At least you tried. Good luck with the future. No one is perfect.

  • rimmoah - 2011-10-11 18:59

    @KayeAnn get back in the kitchen,chicks know nothing about rugby :)

  • Bok-USA - 2011-10-11 19:04

    Go well Div, I know your blood is green and you did your best. The Boks lost not because of Div or Bryce, but of their own making. They lost the ball at scoring opportunities of the game, gave away stupid penalties (Danie & Jannie), and still can't pass the ball accurately(towards the end of the first halve, the bokke had a three on two overlap and they still couldn't score. Why not, because neither JdV or JF drew their opponent in, which allowed both aussies to slide over to Habana and close him down. Furthermore, if JF passed the ball stomach high and in front of Habana, and not above his head, he may have scored. Also, the Boks had a penalty, which hey should have taken but continued playing resulting into a penalty against them, when again Pocock was there first and lots of Bokke watching the game. Once you pass the ball one must keep on playing and not stop and admire one's pass.

  • juliusZuma - 2011-10-11 20:33

    Whenever I travel in rugby playing nations people talk about the bokke with reverence and awe. Pity that so many f... in our country are so bitter with "New South Africa" resentment that they cant share in the pride. Even when they do, they have to whine about "the affirmative action coach"

      MyWereld - 2011-10-11 21:29

      Hi Julie, I would be pissed off if I have a white athlete that can do the 100 meters in 9 seconds, but the government insists that a black man with a best of 11 seconds respresent SA. This principle applies to rugby too. That's why we are so bitter. The national netball team (women) was "affirmed" into oblivion. The same is going to happen to rugby.

  • Not Black - 2011-10-12 00:16

    Less than 3 Months to go. Then this BUFFOON will be put to pasture. What an AFFIRMATIVE Embarrassment. To the Country, it's Reformation Policy & The Rugby World. Sadly speaking, I do not have a Problem with Peter de Villiers. Actually, i'm looking for the A.......Holes that Employed him. I REST MY CASE

      affro - 2011-10-12 09:41

      Not Black and not smart either

  • Carl Muller - 2011-10-12 08:11

    PDV, May God bless you in every venture that you will go to. May you have a long and successful life.... Thanks for the pleasures you gave us the last year.........there were many of them...

  • ChobeMonster - 2011-10-12 08:15

    He's as mad as a moonbean

  • bonny - 2011-10-12 09:22

    I think P Divvy should be retained as our Press Officer..he is vastly entertaining.

  • BiG D - 2011-10-12 10:31

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

  • Otello - 2011-10-12 11:02

    I like him and I always had the impression that the players liked him. He was extremewly loyal to them. To a fault. I will have him as coach over that awful career wrecker Mallet any time. Pieter cannot be blamed for losing against the Ozzies. The Boks had ample opportunities to win the match. For some reason the dropgoal machine Morne Steyn did not take matters in his own hands and sealed the match. It was so obvious.

  • Karolus - 2011-10-13 11:50

    Read Mark Keohane's confession about the role he played in getting P(i)eter de Villiers appointed as Bok coach, at http://www.ruggaworld.com/2011/08/29/end-of-an-error/ At least he gave us some smiles with his "wise" utterances. The problem is, the man would not even grasp the jokes made about him, or why people laughed at his utterances: Here are some jewels from the mouth of the national rugby joker: "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."

      Karolus - 2011-10-13 12:14

      Peter de Villiers quotations (continued...) "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."

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