Rugby

Div: Nobody wants me as coach

2015-02-23 08:23
Peter de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says he is finding it tough to get a new job in the South African rugby fraternity.

De Villiers currently coaches the University of the Western Cape, who compete in the Varsity Shield competition.

However, his contract with UWC will end at the conclusion of this year's competition.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, De Villiers said he was being blocked "everywhere I go" in South Africa.

The 57-year-old is eager to again coach a top level team but said he was "not allowed to be part of rugby in this country anymore".

Despite finding it hard to find a job, the former Bok mentor said he still gets noticed when going out in public.

While going for a jog in Pretoria recently, De Villiers said he was stopped by petrol attendants who said: 'Hey coach, how are you? You are still the best'.

De Villiers coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011. Before that he also coached the Falcons as well as the Junior Springbok teams.

He won 30 of his 48 Tests as Springbok coach, boasting a 62% winning record. His most notable achievements were coaching the Boks to a series victory over the British and Irish Lions in 2009, as well as the Tri-Nations title that same year.

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