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    Jean saddened by speculation

    2014-03-26 21:00
    Cape Town - With the news that the Western Province rugby union is planning to overhaul the Stormers' management team, captain Jean de Villiers has voiced his concern on the matter.

    De Villiers expressed his disappointment at the swirling rumours, especially while the Stormers are in the midst of their Australasian tour, in which they have failed to win a single match.

    Sport24.co.za recently reported that former Stormers and Western Province coach, Gert Smal has been approached to fill the director of rugby role at the union, one similar to the position currently occupied by Jake White at the Sharks.
     
    "It definitely in a way hurts, in that we are all in this together, management and players collectively.
     
    "To sort of place the blame on one or two guys is always tough, and we don't really know what is going to happen, but we have made a decision as a squad to stick to what we know and keep on putting in the hard work," said De Villiers on Rugby365's website.

    De Villiers went onto say that he fully backs the current management team and that the onus was up to the team to repay their faith in them on the field of play.

    However, he also hinted that if the top bosses at Newlands thought that a change is needed for greater good of the Stormers, he would be welcome to the idea.

    De Villiers confirmed that a meeting with WPRFU president Thelo Wakefield took place on Sunday.

    Teams:

    Reds:

    TBA

    Stormers:

    15. Gio Aplon, 14. Damian de Allende, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Michael Rhodes, 4. Jurie van Vuuren, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Brok Harris, 19. Tazz Fuzani, 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Demetri Catrakilis, 23. Jaco Taute

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