Div departs with no regrets

2012-02-01 10:13

Cape Town - Peter de Villiers said farewell on Tuesday with “no regrets” about his four-year tenure as Springbok coach, as his successor Heyneke Meyer prepared to start his tenure in charge.

De Villiers, 54, will be remembered as much for his outspoken comments off the field as for his work on it, and he told Wednesday's Cape Times newspaper that he had fond memories of his time at the helm.

“I’m alright, I feel totally alright. Learnt a lot. Very good times, very, very good times. Unbelievably good! There are no regrets,” De Villiers said.

“Everything I did, I thought long and hard about. I didn’t do anything impulsively. I approached the whole thing in a calculated manner. I maybe didn’t do what the people wanted me to do, but I did what was necessary to make my job successful.

“I think we achieved many more successes than people out there can see. The first thing is that, if you walk through the country and listen to how the whole country calls you 'Coach', then it shows you that you were not just the Springboks’ coach, but the country’s coach. If you look at how many people wear the rugby jersey when they didn’t before, then you can also measure success in that.”

Asked for a farewell message to the nation, De Villiers said: “We must fight for our country, we must fight for our rights. I don’t behave like a coloured; I don’t think like a coloured; I also don’t want other people to think that they are superior and think that we think of ourselves as superior; and if we can get that right, then we have gotten a lot right.”

De Villiers confirmed that his book would be released in June. “You will have to see what type of book it is - maybe it’s a romance novel!”


  • Citizen - 2012-02-01 10:25

    You may have no regrets but the rugby loving public is sure glad to see the back of you Div...4 years wasted...

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-01 10:30

      Could not agree more. I have massive regrets that we had to sit through the shambles that was Div. I would just like to point out that Meyer's 2nd language is also English but he doesn't sound like a tool, he sounds intelligent and coherent... funny that.

      TheRealWarrenB - 2012-02-01 10:55

      If we had won the World Cup you would have thought he was the best coach ever. BTW we lost because of Bryce Lawrence not PDivvy!

      Jaco - 2012-02-01 11:04

      @Citizen - Oh you are a twerb, had it not been for a ref we would have played in the WC final and probably beat the AB on home soil!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-01 11:16

      @Warren if we had won the RWC it would not have changed my opinion. We would have won in spite of him. The man is a tool. Have a chat with him and see.

      Priyal - 2012-02-01 11:17

      @goyougoodthing: Not so sure about Meyer sounding intelligent and coherent. Sounds pretty twitchy to me. Obviously not comfortable with the English aspect. But i don't judge him on that...still the best choice going forward

      Christian Johannes Denyschen - 2012-02-01 11:18

      Wake up jaco with all the waisted opportunities they had in their last game wasn't the refs fault its the players and coaching staff even tough BL made horrible mistakes its up 2 the player 2 put points on the board. the forwards allowed aus to dominate the breakdowns not the ref, its the idiot couch who never had a plan B.

      Malavi - 2012-02-01 11:26

      i don't think Meyer sounds bright is like listening to a gong!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-01 11:32

      Isak you clearly know nothing about rugby. PDV was and is useless. More useless than underpants on an altar boy.

      Mario - 2012-02-01 11:34

      You an idiot citizen...its people like you I'm so happy not to associate myself with. Most people if asked about Div only have two things to say – his lack and inexperience with the media and not winning the RWC. You forget that it was he who won the Lions tour, Tri Nations in 2009 and after how many years broke that curse and won a game at the House of Pain. You tell me how is that not a good record. Forget the world cup – forget his silly phrases – look at his record as a coach and then comment. I can promise you – players were much happier with P Div that J White – just read John Smiths book…maybe then you will understand and make smarter comments idiot…………

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-01 11:37

      Mario who is John Smith?

      Steenbra - 2012-02-01 11:38

      Goyougoodthing, i take it YOU spoke to Div..and you therefore made up you mind. Well I wass in his company listening to him in his mother tongue and very different to hearing him speak English.. Of course he's made errors, but in terms of rugby knowledge he has a lot to offer. Jake has also spoken a load of crap and so has many other coaches. The one coach who spoke few words was Kitch Christie.

      Mario - 2012-02-01 11:59

      @ goyougoodthing - You probably here to tick off people...go play somewhere else and leave rugby to rugby folk.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-01 12:19

      The PDV supporters here are either stupid or have an agenda that is not rugby. If you feel my comments tick you off, imagine how I have been feeling for 4 years watching this muppet destroy rugby with the help of his stooges and fatboy.

      Johann - 2012-02-01 13:31

      He was on 702 this morning. He just opens his mouth to change feet!

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:02

      @ mario: players liked div more because he was there get everybody to like him = so no world cup Jwhite was there to coach, he had a plan and forced it into the players and therefore did not like him = worldcup

      Steenbra - 2012-02-01 18:34

      go yougoodthing, I have no agenda and i fully support the new coach and SA rugby, but when i saw crap comments like yours, when you call people muppets and saying PDV is useless.. He has coached with success whether you like it or not..

  • Anton - 2012-02-01 10:31

    His good sense of humour might be his saving grace. Although he was not our best coach, I am sure that if PdV was more articulate he would have done a lot better for himself. His downfall was not always on the pitch, but behind the micorphone.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-01 10:58

      What BS, a sense of humour is a fine thing to have but a clue is a better thing for a national coach. Anyone who has ever been involved with club rugby on a serious level knows more than PDV ever will.

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:05

      all that matters are the results on the pitch

  • Willie - 2012-02-01 10:34

    Sorry that Bryce Lawrence spoiled it at the end. Would have been awesome to go out with a RWC trophy. All the best Divvie! You will remain one of the great characters of rugby. Never change.

      Nosipho - 2012-02-01 11:52

      Thats true Willie!

      angus.opperman - 2012-02-01 12:38

      true willie, if u take a look at the bok's performance in the world cup you could see the gteat prepreration nd hard work they put in, PDV is a great coach is it wasnt for thet bryce lawrence who robbed us we would have won the world cup

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:06

      @ angus: it only changed when rassie got involved

  • Zipho - 2012-02-01 10:36

    Great Coach who can manage big man, farewell Mr. Div, “You will have to see what type of book it is - maybe it’s a romance novel!”

  • Lionel - 2012-02-01 10:39

    Wonder if Divvy acted on impulse with what he said about SBW,"Fastest Gunslinger does eventually die"

  • Ndira - 2012-02-01 10:42

    all the best for the future Div, unlike Meyer you didnt have it easy because SARU,your technical staff and half of RSA didnt support you!!!!Personally I hoped SARU wouldve kept you,i mean you won the try nations and the british & irish tour, the only thing you ddnt win was the world cup(thanx to Bryce Lwarance).Now lets see what Meyer does,he's saying all the right things but TALK IS CHEAP!!!!!

      Christopher - 2012-02-01 11:02

      Did you even watch any rugby in the last few years? We won the Tri-Nations and Lions tour playing terrible rugby!! hope for the best! Our backline's attacking play went down the toilet and we didn't adapt to the law changes in 2010 and 2011. Rassie had more to do with the good performances at the WC than Div did! Knock the chip off of your shoulder and wake up!!

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:09

      @ indira: won the tri nations once, 1 out of 4 in my book is fail (25%), but in the new SA it gets classed as passed, so maybe to your standards its good enough. and by the way, the lions weren't as strong asthey were previous years, you'll see this year as well when they play aus they are not as strong as their repetation makes them out to be.

      Steenbra - 2012-02-01 18:37

      Christopher, and rassie beat the Blacks in NZ, wiped the B & I Lions killed the French, and I do watch rugby. So dont think Rassie waved a magic wand. He also made some big mistakes @ WP and frankly introduced kick and charge rugby into a team that lived for running rugby.

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-01 10:43

    He will be remembered for his work on the field? Somehow I doubt that.

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:10

      in his tutu

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 10:49

    SOWETO now Div? Not the Stormers please, EP Kings need a coach

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:10

      wonder if anyone will employ him

  • gregmcdavid - 2012-02-01 10:54

    He had the opportunity to be great, yet his game plan didn't change over 4 years! Foot-in-Mouth disease aside, he flogged a dead horse far too many times...

      Christopher - 2012-02-01 11:04

      Exactly! Like I said above, hope for the best! Habana lost his ability to attack and is a ghost of his former self as well as JPP.

  • Blip - 2012-02-01 10:58

    Divvy's record stamps him as a flop.

  • Jason - 2012-02-01 10:58

    Cheers Div. Loved to moan about you but in honesty your glory was stolen by a ref, excellent last game vs Aus but a sad outcome. Travel well

  • Freddie - 2012-02-01 11:03

    The political appointee leaves with a political speech, no surprise there...

      Freddie - 2012-02-01 15:05

      Why the thumbs down? Oregan Hoskins openly (proudly?) stated PDiv was a political appointee four years ago. "We must fight for our country, we must fight for our rights. I don’t behave like a coloured; I don’t think like a coloured; I also don’t want other people to think that they are superior and think that we think of ourselves as superior; and if we can get that right, then we have gotten a lot right."... Zooma wishes he could write a speech as political as that. Wake up to the facts and stop being ignorant stooges.

      Steenbra - 2012-02-01 18:39

      And hoskins was the first to stick the knife in Div's back.. So much for the interest in SA rugby.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-01 11:05

    After all is said and done old Div did OK. If Lawrence didn't screw us there was a pretty good chance Div would've come back with the world cup and that does not just happen if you don't do good work. I'm going to miss his mixed metaphors. Rugby without Div's sayings is going to be like kaas without wyn

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-01 11:25

      Div put our rugby back by 4 years. He is an imbecile.

      Christopher - 2012-02-01 11:35

      It had more to do with Rassie's emergency job than with Div's "coaching". I agree with goyougoodthing. We went backwards

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-01 11:06

    Hey Div Thanks for the memories. There's a career waiting for you - on the stage as a stand-up comedian.

  • Priester - 2012-02-01 11:07

    Div, die Stormers het jou nodig! :)))

      Lionel - 2012-02-01 11:18

      HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA,dus nogal baie snaaks,gaan bid maar vir jou Bulle,want soors dinge aangaan het hulle dit baie nodig!!!!

      Priester - 2012-02-01 11:48

      @Lionel sien Rassie het mos pad gevat, toe dink ek ek kan maar net vir Div probeer uit help en 'n voorstel maak. Miskien het Rassie die ding sien kom en maar opsy gaan staan?

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:17

      waar is rassie nou deesdae aangesien hy nie die coaching job gekry het nie.

  • Malavi - 2012-02-01 11:19

    Div did very well given the resistance of support by some racists idiots!

      Malavi - 2012-02-01 13:29

      watch the space that white coach of urs will fail, there is no place in the modern game for kicks, grabs & mauls!

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:19

      don't jump to racist when someone doesn't share your point of view, you are the racist thinking in colour not us.

      hugo.naude - 2012-02-01 17:14

      Hi Malavi ... since when do u know anything about "modern" rugby boet ... but throwing stones, burning tyres and eating bananas is more your cup of tea I bet. When Kicks and grabs and mauls won matches it was a good strategy to follow ... PDV could not and did not adapt when that kind of play was less successful ... mainly because PDV could coach an eagle to fly --- even though that is what it is made to do ... had a real coach been involved even a "kick and grab and maul" kind of game would still have been effective in test rugby where u force mistakes by good defence --- even ths past WC was won by defence ...

      Steenbra - 2012-02-01 18:40

      @ higo , there ur racist viewpoints again. Jy moet eers you wit brilletjies afhaal

  • Chris - 2012-02-01 11:22

    There's no question that we got some laughs out of you, but usually at the expense of South African Rugby's credibility - I'm sure that you did your very best, but your best was horribly limited and it'll take some time before our beloved game recovers from your tenure. But thanks for the laughs!!

  • Malavi - 2012-02-01 11:33

    meyer's game plan is to kick, grab & is scary to think he wants all the teams to play the same style.....

      Dewald - 2012-02-01 12:03

      That is not his gameplan! Have you not seen the S14 final against the Chiefs!

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:24

      how can you say what his game plan is, he haven't even selected a team yet not even talking about coaching. usually great coaches has got the capabilities to change a game plan/style unlike pdiv, take for example henry. see the thing is that was the bulls strong points "there best players played in that position, now his got thewhole of SA to choose from so he will change his game plan because his not limited to a certain amount of players and capabilities.

  • Jesse - 2012-02-01 11:39

    I have never been a PDV fan at all. I dont believe he was the best for the coaching position. But due to our #!$%&!* government and SARU, i do realise that he himself was just another victim of transformation.

      Jacquin Daniels - 2012-02-01 11:50

      Jesse what do u mean his cv stated that his the best man for the job 4 years ago yes your government and sports is messed up because of politic interference so don't blame transformation this is the world we live god help us all

  • Jay - 2012-02-01 11:51

    "I maybe didn’t do what the people wanted me to do, but I did what was necessary to make my job successful." You're right, you didn't do what we wanted you to do, and NO, you didn't do what was necessary to make your job a success! “I think we achieved many more successes than people out there can see. The first thing is that, if you walk through the country and listen to how the whole country calls you 'Coach', then it shows you that you were not just the Springboks’ coach, but the country’s coach." No wonder this country is in as big a mess as the Springbok side! "If you look at how many people wear the rugby jersey when they didn’t before, then you can also measure success in that.” That is an indication of good marketing and cheap Chinese Bok jerseys

  • Henk - 2012-02-01 11:56

    ja wel sy bankrekening lyk seker baie goed so waaroor sal hy "regrets" he?

  • Christian Johannes Denyschen - 2012-02-01 11:59

    if you would like to know Divs stats from 2008 started with an average win of 69.2% 2009-66.7% 2010-57.1% 2011 55.5 now if the is a good track record for a couch then a 4 year old could couch the national team.

  • Dewald - 2012-02-01 12:01

    You guys also forget that he had the worst Tri Nation tie!

  • Martin - 2012-02-01 12:02

    What regrets would he have ?? he was riding a nice wave, created by White. The only regret is that it took 4 years to see him go.

  • David - 2012-02-01 12:13

    Another impenetrable (farewell) message to the Nation... Go well Peter.... You were never less than entertaining... off the field, that is. We will miss your pearls of wisdom

  • Anton - 2012-02-01 12:21

    Coach? He never coached anyone, ask Gary Gold

  • Koos - 2012-02-01 12:37

    Nothing wrong with his personality, but didn't like him as a coach.

  • angus.opperman - 2012-02-01 12:39

    if u take a look at the bok's performance in the world cup you could see the great prepareation and hard work they put in, PDV is a great coach is it wasnt for thet bryce lawrence who robbed us we would have won the world cup

  • morne.deklerk - 2012-02-01 12:47

    We did beat the Lions, which was a great tour!

  • Mercury01 - 2012-02-01 12:50

    Can anyone taste the sour grapes around here?Give honor where honor is due.PDiv did well under the circumstances and i wish him well for the future.... I will now put my weight behind our new coach and will support him the same way i supported PDiv.

  • Jody - 2012-02-01 13:02

    We have regrets, Heynecke should have been coach 4 years ago. Those who still blame Lawrence , wake up as Boks where so badly coached that with 85% ball retention they could not win.

  • Groenkoors - 2012-02-01 13:17

    Farewell Helium :)

  • johan.peters3 - 2012-02-01 13:19

    what a nice thing to say, you think just as any man would, no matter what where or who you are, i heard people saying things about you, but i wonder if any of them even know you. Certainly i dont but i do respect you for what you tried to do and did, your a man as most of us and did a job Many critics cant even uplift themselves, but ina small way i wish i could have had your experiences as a bok man lekker bly en voorspoed.

  • Malavi - 2012-02-01 13:34

    it will be a joy to go back and support the All Blacks....i shall Never Support meyer, hell no!

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:25

      he doesn't need your support,he's got ours

      Deon - 2012-02-01 14:39

      ...and ours!

      Bootman - 2012-02-01 17:21

      @ Kosie.......if your ever go to a stadium to watch test match rugby, I will be that irritating person next to you cheering for the opposition.

  • legndkilla - 2012-02-01 13:53

    when kids fail the blame the teacher or the school, when the springboks lost its the coach, are u bunch for real?he might not have been the best with his public speakin but he got the results, and dont even try and say that he inhereted a winning team from jake white because to maintain players at that level is a job as well, when he won the tri nations every critic seemed to be quiet but the minute we lose the world cup due to a fanny of a ref, its his fault!!

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 14:27

      yes the results speaks for themselves, 1 out 4 tri nations is good enough for you? not for me.

      Bootman - 2012-02-01 18:03

      @ Kosie.......just remind me what Jakes Whites tri-nations record was.

  • Keith - 2012-02-01 14:05

    Some South Africans still believes that only a white man can be successful at coaching the Springboks.Your denial of the stats are so boring because stats cannot lie. Fact of the matter is that of all the coaches post 1994 only Oom Kitch; Mallet and Jake White is having an better win/lose average than Div.I know that you will argue that this was White's team; Rassie's technical prowess etc. Our rugby is moving on dangerous grounds becuase of your racist attitudes towards players of colour;coaches of colour and supporters of colour. Best luck to the new coach I will support irrespective of your colour. Let's kill racism in rugby especially amongst our Springbok supporters.

      Thabiso Snowby Bokwe - 2012-02-01 14:35

      Well said sir.

  • Hemant - 2012-02-01 14:08

    Div is history and thankfully so-and Meyer is best man for the job.But he has got to prove himself all over again and at a higher level than before.Pressure is going to be on from day 1 and he needs to pick the right players ie no Spies,Bakkies,FDP

  • Cheslin White - 2012-02-01 14:43

    Meyer will be sacked within a year. The guy is a plank. John Mitchell should have been appointed. Thankyou PDV, you brought something special to the boks during your time. More peopl support the boks now.

      Malavi - 2012-02-02 14:26

      PDV was the reason i started following rugby, i thought rugby has become inclusive to all race bt i got a shock of my life how less PDV was supported and people wanting him to fail just because he was black...i think Trevor Manuel was right in supporting the All Blacks before...from now on i will always support the All Blacks even when springboks is coach by a black coach in the future...i wish meyer all but no success in coaching the springboks!

  • Frank - 2012-02-01 15:21

    The only thing he never thought long and hard about was what he said when he opened his big mouth. Good by Div and good riddance.

  • Chris - 2012-02-01 15:48

    It is absolutely sickening to read these comments: There is no uncertainty that 99% of it is based on rascism. To put it bluntly: PVD was condemned because he was not white. It's all about "white is always right".

      Malavi - 2012-02-02 14:27

      so sickening!

  • Yuri - 2012-02-01 16:09

    Good bye Div. All the best, lekker bly...and hello Aussies...Bryce won't save you this year.

  • Gavin - 2012-02-03 12:42

    Whether the kudos are to be heaped on Divvy or not, the Boks played OUTSTANDING rugby in the loss to Aussie. To my mind the coach had done his job. I lay the blame with the players for not adapting to the situation. All we had to do was start slotting drop kicks, considering that we had 80% territory. No, I don't blame Divvy for that loss, I blame John Smit for not adapting the game plan. And before the Sharks faithful jump on me, I am a big Smittie fan.

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