Div: SARU too late with decision

2012-01-19 17:38

Johannesburg - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says the SA Rugby Union (SARU) left the appointment of the new national coach too late.

De Villiers's contract was extended until the end of January while SARU completed the process of finding his replacement.

"It is already too late for the coach to sit down with the Super Rugby coaches," De Villiers said on Thursday.

"The appointment should have been made in December because we didn't have an overseas tour this time."

He said the new Bok coach would not have enough time with the team before the start of the three-match Test series against England.

The Super Rugby season will recess for the June international matches, with the Boks playing the English Roses a week after a gruelling weekend of local derby matches.

Speculation about his replacement had been rife in recent weeks. No formal shortlist had been made public.

SARU, however, last year confirmed De Villiers was on the shortlist, while Bulls director of rugby Heyneke Meyer and Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal were touted as favourites.

De Villiers confirmed a meeting with SARU CEO Jurie Roux on Monday where they "spoke about this and that", adding that he did not know whether he was a candidate for the job or not.

While doubting whether SARU had any interest in him, he said he was open to take the reins in a caretaker capacity.

"There is always a bigger picture and one should not be egotistical. It will always be an honour to make a contribution," De Villiers said.

De Villiers, however, said SARU pulled the rug from under his feet with the extension of his contract.

"Now there isn't any other work out there. Perhaps it would be better to say that they would no longer be making use of my services. It creates certain expectations," he said.

The Bok mentor said there were no regrets in his tenure as national coach, which spanned four seasons.

"Hours of planning and consultation went into the job... .I can say with complete sincerity that every single decision I have made in the last four years has been a rugby one.

"That is why it has been easy for me to make them without any agendas. It is true that one doesn't always make the right decisions, but I have taken responsibility for it.

"You can't satisfy everybody, but I can keep my head high as I haven't enriched myself."

De Villiers felt the amount of talent he had brought through was a feather in his cap, with players like Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira, Zane Kirchner, Heinrich Brüssow, Francois Hougaard, Andries Bekker and Morné Steyn making their debuts under him.

"If I can give one medal to myself, it is the one for giving young talent the opportunity, who will now make the core of the team for the future."

De Villiers said the Super Rugby recess would give the new coach a different challenge as it was a crucial stage of the cross-continental competition.

He said if the franchises stood a chance of advancing to the playoffs they would be reluctant to release their players to the Springbok team.

De Villiers suggested that injuries could easily be feigned to keep the players out of the June internationals.

He also felt the franchises held too much power and had made life difficult for him.


  • Heiku - 2012-01-19 17:47

    Haha.. Lekker div!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-19 19:04

      SARU is just as useless as CSA and SAFA. Fire the lot of them.

      Barry - 2012-01-19 20:28

      I just think we are all going to be surprised who the coach actually is going to be.

  • Adrian - 2012-01-19 17:56

    Zane Kirchner is not good enough to be a Springbok! #thatisall

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-19 18:14

      Agreed! *takes sip of Castle*

  • Anneleen - 2012-01-19 18:05

    the words "caretaker capacity" says quite a bit...caretaker, more often than not, runs the show...well, whoever becomes the new coach...please take good care of our rugby soldiers...and bring the S15 trophy to SA.

      Jack - 2012-01-19 19:26

      The bulls will, dont stress.

      Anneleen - 2012-01-19 20:03

      @Ekfeugo...roll on, 24 February 2012...let the war begin!

  • jandreleroux - 2012-01-19 18:05

    This time, I suspect most will agree with P-Divvy!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-19 18:17

    He is right, for the first time since he took over as coach.

  • Steenbra - 2012-01-19 18:21

    He actually correct .. it is too late and I read Zane is not good enough. He was a damn good player @ Griquas and he has been killed @ the Bulls quite frankly. But this is one time I agree with Div..

  • Jay - 2012-01-19 18:25

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SARU, Do not extend SNORRE'S contract. SA Rugby has been embarrassed for too long by this "Ballet Shoes/Tutus Wearing" & "Tight underpants Voice" of a Coach. Let him be remembered as a Loyal Supporter of John Smit & the Oldies. The guy has way exceeded his 'Sell by Date'. And still on the Shelf for January 2012? Oh Please. He proved he had only 1 Brain Cell that he always left at home during Press Conferences. New Blood and Fresh Thinkers as a Coach - Put aside the Politics & Personalities for once, SARU. I REST MY CASE.

  • The-third - 2012-01-19 18:44

    whatever sonny. should not have been there in the first place. Alister Coetzee was a much safer bet, even back then (and even if only for political grandstanding).

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-19 18:59

    P Divy must be hired again. He didn't do a bad except talk crap

  • tyronlouw - 2012-01-19 19:08

    "I can say with complete sincerity that every single decision I have made in the last four years has been a rugby one." Which means that all the stuff-ups under you were because of you, and your "rugby decisions".

  • cary.beylis - 2012-01-19 20:35

    If this muppet gets to be caretaker coach, then we can all expect a 0-3 whitewash by the Roses. PdV hasn't got a clue how to coach or manage a team. For heaven's sake...the "golden generation" lost to Scotland!! And twice to Australia at home. Clearly because the players can't manage themselves. SARU are a clueless bunch of twats, so by all means, keep PdV on.

  • Susan - 2012-01-19 21:58

    i agree with PDV but i think SARU should appoint him as a coach if a team is winning we praise the coach and if they loose coach is rubbish the reality is springboks were cheated out of their game during RWC . in saying that when Allblacks didnt perform in France everybody asked for Henry's head and to be sacked but the players and the board beleived in him and his experience and now his the winning coach castle is nt built in a day or so ... PDV has experience and knowledge gained during his 4 years and i reckon given another 4 years we will see the fruit of his experience . he is one man who is nt afraid to voice his opinion and i salute him fr that . PdV HAS BUILT THE FOUNDATION let him build the rest . SARU will make a huge mistake in employing a new coach as it will take that person along time to adjust and to get to know players skills on individual basis. So people need to understand the structure and the depth which is required at this level of the game. many has voiced to employ ex players of Springboks not all players can become a good coach and history from around the globe has proven that .SARU give PDV another chance as his done the ground work let him build it and appoint an assistant coach who can take over in 4 years that way u are not head hunting for a totally new person. We have to be realistic and do what is best fr the rugby putting personal differences aside . use the resources which u have sometimes we forget to look closer to what we have.

      Jules Thorne - 2012-01-20 00:28

      Susan you said it all,when you good you good and when you loose you loose,its a rollercoaster,some you loose and some you win,others out there dont be soar losers take it on the chin,wonder what tha would have said if had won the world cup,surely a different story to tell ne,i d say keep him,his not stupid,his using his GOD givin talent at that level,GO P DIDDY GO !!!!

      Pierre - 2012-01-20 09:00

      Susan I agree with you completely. Cannot add anything more.

      Johan - 2012-01-20 15:48

      wtf !! ??

  • Taetjo - 2012-01-19 23:43

    Young talent? Not enought in my opinion.

  • Patrick - 2012-01-20 07:50

    please dont leave pdivvy, stay forever!

  • Briston - 2012-01-20 08:46

    Proud of you coach! You did your Best! 4 more years with you as coach will bring us back to the top.

      Dale - 2012-01-20 11:26

      The top of the bottom in the IRB rankings?

  • Ian - 2012-01-20 09:16

    Idiote, almal wat verantwoordelik en betrokke was by Div se aanstelling in die eerste plek en die wat hier kommentaar lewer dat hy moet aanbly. Dan is hy ook weereens verkeerd met sy voorspelling dat dit te laat is. Enige aap wat iets van rugby weet sal doodeenvoudig die Super 15 reeks as n uitgebreide proewe reeks beskou en n span daaruit kies wat die beste in-vorm spelers het. Dit was juis Div se ondergang dat hy nie die in-vorm spelers kon identifiseer nie en heeltyd terug geval het op rehabilitasie van voorhee in-vorm spelers wat speeltyd moes kry om weer op vorm te kom. Hierdie spelers was die direkte rede vir die Bokke se swak wereldbeker en nie skeidsregters nie. Ek verwys na Bakkies, Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Morne Steyn, Victor Matfield en ja selfs die kaptein John Smit. Hulle moes nooit gekies gewees het nie, van hulle was die laaste twee jaar nooit in vorm nie en dit was reeds in daai jare se Super rugby reekse duidelik. Dis so eenvoudig eintlik, kies net die spelers in-vorm, dan sou selfs die Lions sterk verteenwoordig in die WB gewees het.

      gavin.buttress - 2012-01-21 12:24

      @Ian toe al die invorm spelers verlede gekies was vir die drie nasie reeks toe het almal gese dis n verswakte span, en toe stel al die invorm spelers teleur.

  • dan8472 - 2012-01-21 00:32

    How does one get rid of the idiots at the top, the muppets that run SARU? P Divvy should never have been hired, there are beter non-white coaches out there. This is also after the *ludicrous* decision to fire the world cup winning coach Jake White. Which country has ever done that before? In England the world cup winning coach got a knighthood, in South Africa he got fired!! If its a purely rugby decision then it has to be Heyneke Meyer, although I'm sad to say that it is more about keeping the masses happy with politics than getting the best rugby team.

  • Niel - 2012-01-24 08:55

    I agree with susan. Now that rassie is gone, maybe an option for stormers under coetzee. They both have international coaching experience.

  • desmond.joshua2 - 2012-01-24 13:12

    they can hire PdV(helium) as their spokesman,talk a lot of sex.

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