Rugby

Div: SARU paid Boland NOT to hire me

2017-01-23 14:28
Peter de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers claims members of the South African Rugby Union paid the Boland Cavaliers to not consider him for their head coaching position last year.

De Villiers, who coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011, was linked to the Boland job after Brent Janse van Rensburg quit as Boland coach in October 2016.

But in an interview with Jo’burg PM, De Villiers alleges that there were sinister means behind his removal from contention for the job.

“I don’t know what I did wrong. I think I am too strong... my way of thinking, my way of doing things... and maybe there’s something wrong with my ears because I don’t listen to things I know won’t work. And the rugby people don’t like it..." De Villiers said in the interview.

“They will never allow me to go to any rugby union in South Africa. What I heard very early last year is that people from SARU paid Boland actually, or offered them money not to even consider me... I heard it from a very good source.”

It was not the first time De Villiers was linked to the Boland head coaching role.

In May 2015, it was also reported that he could become Boland coach, before Dewey Swartbooi got the nod for that year’s Currie Cup.

When Swartbooi quit Boland for a job at the Bulls late in 2015, Janse van Rensburg was roped in after resigning at the financially stricken EP Kings.

Janse van Rensburg, who has since been named head coach of the Pumas, quit the Boland job under mysterious circumstances.

It came a week after Boland’s director of rugby, Alan Zondagh, also resigned, citing political interference from the union’s board as a reason for his departure.

In December last year, Boland named Randall Modiba as their new head coach on a two-year deal.

Modiba was the team’s defence coach in last year's Currie Cup Qualifiers and attack/backline coach during the Currie Cup Premier Division.

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