Div: No job approach yet

2012-05-14 17:17

Johannesburg - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said on Monday he had no knowledge of Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula earmarking him for a rugby developmental role at grass root level.

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The Sowetan reported that Mbalula said during his department's budget vote speech in Parliament on Friday that he wanted De Villiers to assist with the development of the sport.

De Villiers said on Monday that he only got word of Mbalula's plans through the media, but he would be interested to plough his knowledge back into the sport.

"Let me tell you. If one can give back to your country it is good news," De Villiers said.

He, however, said he could not comment on Mbalula's plans as he did not know about it but he would wait for an official offer from the minister.

In his four-year term De Villiers coached the Springboks to a Tri-Nations championship and a series victory over the British and Irish Lions in 2009.

His stint ended on a low as the Springboks bowed out of last year's World Cup in New Zealand against Australia in the quarter-final.

He was replaced by Heyneke Meyer as national coach at the beginning of this year.

"We want him to develop the best model for grassroots rugby in the country. We are engaging him. The man has a wealth of knowledge that we need to tap into," Mbalula told the Sowetan.

"Peter has done well for the country, including winning big events with the junior national teams."

Sport24 recently reported that De Villiers had approached SARU over a possible role of working with club coaches.

His biography, written by rugby writer Gavin Rich is also set to be published in June.

During his budget speech Mbalula said he supported the appointment of Meyer wholeheartedly.

"SARU (South African Rugby Union) have appointed a new coach in the belief that he will take the Springboks to the next level and new heights," Mbalula said.

"We have expressed our support for their decision and I have personally written to the coach to congratulate him on his appointment."

"In the same vein we believe that the appointment of the coach was a bold step which must be applauded."

Mbalula, however, said SARU needed to make work of developing young African coaches who could coach the Springboks in future.

"As SARU correctly strive for quality and excellences as exhibited in their choices of the coach, SARU must by the same token apply their minds to the question of developing young African coaches from the grass-root level, through the regions up to national level," he said.

"SARU must embrace this opportunity that the people of South Africa have given them to lead rugby in South Africa by making decisions that will leave a lasting legacy of non-racialism, equal opportunities and access for all.

"For instance there should already be a plan of a person of colour to understudy the current coach."


  • Hallo - 2012-05-14 17:31

    Everyone who thinks P Divvy should stay away from rugby needs a brain transplant.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-14 18:59


      Terence.Craig.Berry - 2012-05-14 19:14

      Hallo, would you please enlighten us all with how or where you would apply his 'knowledge\??

      Jason - 2012-05-14 19:41

      You guys that are against him are such a useless bunch of tossers. Honestly.

  • ShottaZee - 2012-05-14 17:32

    The useless Lions must hire this man!

  • Fred - 2012-05-14 17:36

    That's where he should always have been, or manager or assistant coach of the Springboks at most.

  • Piet - 2012-05-14 17:56

    Divvy the wolrd is hard ne! BEE only applies in south africa....

      Positive - 2012-05-14 20:00

      Ja as long it could stay WEE you'll be happy ne

  • lownabester - 2012-05-14 18:12

    Jobless in South Africa, like Sleepless in Seattle:))))

  • David - 2012-05-14 18:12

    So Heyneke is not an 'African' coach?

      Bvaku - 2012-05-14 21:47

      No, he isnĀ“t!

  • Carol - 2012-05-14 19:27

    Why should it be a person of "colour" to understudy the present coach? The only coach of "colour" in my opinion, that has done a good job is the 7's coach. With regard to Div's book, I hear it's coming out in toilet roll form.

      Jason - 2012-05-14 19:42

      thats disgusting. he really didnt do that badly. HM is going to do worse.

      Positive - 2012-05-14 20:32

      I guess that's what you think of people of color well done I bet that what you'll teach your children thanks for your contribution to the next generation, funny ne

  • Derek - 2012-05-14 20:00

    What the hell, isn't white a colour?

  • Positive - 2012-05-14 20:21

    Once again you'll see who complains the most ,will all the W-PAC's (WHITE PEOPLE ALWAYS COMPLAINING please shut up , not even funny anymore Blah blah blah. F__en irritating no wonder we struggle to build this country even if someone tries to help build this country, it's not good enough for some white people , I'll support anyone who wants to give a contribution at least then you ask yourself why people still vote ANC

  • Philip Mostert - 2012-05-14 20:32

    Of course he wont get a job! He took Jake's team (world champions) and achieved nothing, only results he got was in the beginning from Jakes momentum and gameplan.

  • Glenn - 2012-05-14 20:33

    Well I guess the same minister that decided or forced SARU to allow the Kings to take part in Super Rugby, will now force SARU to re employ Div for development

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-05-14 20:40

    @positive. go into politics u idiot, if u have nothing 2 say then u use the race card, just like your leaders. what an idiot!!!

      Bootman - 2012-05-14 21:10

      Theuns you and all like you are the idiots. What is the race card? The race card is when white people see a black person in an important position and say it's because of the colour of his skin. You benefitted from the colour of your skin your whole stinking life and now you want to complain when others do. Sorry buddy. Your time is over. As much as you try to cling to it, it's gone. I'll vote for the ANC for the rest of my life and you waste your vote on white parties who will never win another election. As long as I live, I hope to never see a white party ruin this country again. Sleep tigh. Tomorrow will be another day you will have to contend with us and our "leaders" hahahaha

      Jed - 2012-05-15 06:49

      As long as the Coloureds and the whites keep DA in the Western Cape we happy Bootman. We dont want these Refugee's from the other provinces here thanks. (lol)

  • Positive - 2012-05-14 21:04

    Hey Theuns I rest my case Blah Blah Blah

  • Pro - 2012-05-14 21:32

    @Bootman So you actually believe PDV was selected on merit and was a competent coach. Reality check cop. Meyer was the overwhelming favourite to be elected Bok coach in 2008, but because of PDV skin colour he hurdlered jumped Meyer. PDV has been the laughing stock of world rugby and he too the Boks from 1st to 4th. If PDV was white he would never even coach a Vodacom Cup team. He is useless and his skin colour got him the job. Unfortunately SA is stuck with iodiots like yourselves who actually believe you are worth a dime.

      Boetanev - 2012-05-14 22:53

      "If PDV was white he would never even coach a Vodacom Cup team." Lets explore this for a second. Eugene Eloff was successful with the u/19, went on to coach CC as well as Superrugby. Jake White successful with u/21, went on to coach Boks. Robbie Fleck successful with Ikeys, now backline coach of Stormers. Carel Du Plessis went straight to coach Boks. Rassie went from player to CC and Superrugby coach same with Naka Drotske. Andre Markgraaff, Kobus van der Merwe, the list goes on. Oh and by the way Meyer was offered the job in 2004 but refused because he believed that his work was not done at Bulls. Peter had success with u/19, u/21 and development team, all away from home, no Superrugby job. Eric Sauls was successful with the u/21 in 1999, then we had to hear that it was actually Jake White (who joined team AFTER they made semi-s as video analyst) who played the main part in them winning, needless to say no CC or Superrugby for Eric. So to your statement, you're actually right in a way because he would have gone straight to coaching Superrugby or Boks or at least one of CC top team.

  • Johan - 2012-05-14 21:38

    Excuse my ignorance, but how can you say "non-racialism, equal opportunities and access for all" and then in the same breath "For instance there should already be a plan of a person of colour to understudy the current coach"? In other words we are all equal and colour does not matter, just as long as non-whites are the ones who will eventually end up at the top... Four legs good, two legs better.

  • Positive - 2012-05-14 21:50

    Hey pro I really hope HEINEKE does well I mean he is there on merit, his got the full support from White South Africa and the media already making excuses on his behalf I'll just wait and see maybe they'll still blame divvy when things goes wrong

  • aiazmir - 2012-05-14 22:41

    I think "snorre" needs a chance. We put up with him for 4 years, and hell, I have to admit he was entertaining. If he really knows how the game is played, he certainly didn't reveal it. That was, I suppose, his mystical charm. A rise from the ashes would be quite revealing and, I guess, like his mentors, the ANC, you don't have to know what you're doing as long as you look the part. No wonder no one wants to employ him accept the ANC. The ANC don't have a rugby team. Maybe Onderstepoort have a team he can coach. That is the problem with being a political appointee, they can drop you like a hot potato. Learn div. Your former comrades will not support you, so support yourself.

  • Craig - 2012-05-14 22:46

    Sorry, not one of the 15 super rugby teams offered Div a job. Why? Not even one of the Vodacom teams offered him a job. Come to think of it there is not a club in South Africa that is prepared to offer him a job. Could it possibly be that he maybe does not really know what he is talking about? He is an embarrassment to most Springbok supporters so if the ANC leaders can prop him up somewhere - fine - but keep him away from "any" public engagements - unless of course you can handle the embarrassing outcomes.

  • shaun.mcneilage - 2012-05-14 23:19

    he was just as useless as andre maargraaf and harry viljoen, Saru does have a habit of picking useless coaches....

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-05-15 03:00

      Markraaf was good you dumbwitt,except for his loose talk when he was partially sloshed bringing about his true coloures on race capibilaty when being exploited by bag stabbers who knew his weakness and had an orgastrated deal towards their benefit in his downfall.Mellet is the poophole that allowed an almost centuary unbeaten record against Wales to tumble due to stupid experiments with unseasoned players.Jake White had it.Pietertjie did not had it.He basically tried to beat the hell out of old and retiered horses.The best of best is now operating the throttles=Heineke Meyer.Sit back and enjoy,and let bygones be bygones.

  • shaun.mcneilage - 2012-05-14 23:20

    he was just as useless as andre maargraaf and harry viljoen, Saru does have a habit of picking useless coaches....

  • rbrown0196 - 2012-05-15 06:23

    Why r they taking so long to employ him and when he goes for a job overseas they going to be sorry.

      Terence.Craig.Berry - 2012-05-15 07:36

      What job overseas? Unless you are refering to him joining a traveling carnival??

  • Charlie - 2012-05-15 08:16

    Is Mbalula suggesting that there is a job in the Dept of Sport for Div? Is he perhaps dictating to SARU as to whom they should or should not employ? Suggesting that a person of colour should "understudy" the current coach is demeaning to everybody and suggests a situation of automatic succession. Take your hands off the wheel Mr Minister and allow things to happen naturally. Otherwise you could be accused of Government interference which is clearly against the Charters of the IOC and IRB.

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