Peter de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has given current coach Heyneke Meyer some advice for the rest of the Rugby World Cup.
De Villiers spoke to eNCA on Sunday following the Boks’ humiliating 34-32 Rugby World Cup loss to Japan in Brighton the previous day.
When asked what advice he had for the Bok coach for the remainder of the tournament, De Villiers responded: “The only advice I can give him and anybody: ‘If you’re not close to the Lord, if you’re not close to your knees, you don’t know where your strength comes from’.
“If you rely on people around you, if you rely on yourself, you’re going to get worse and worse... you must go back, asking: ‘What are my strengths? What made me, me? What is your will through me?’
“And get to that as quick as possible and get the team to follow that.”
De Villiers, 58, coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011.
South Africa’s next match is against Samoa at Villa Park Birmingham on Saturday (17:45 SA time).