Jobless Div approaches SARU

2012-04-18 18:19

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has approached the South African Rugby Union (SARU) about possible work.

De Villiers, who coached the Springboks from 2008-2011, spoke to Eyewitness News Sport about the issue.

De Villiers told them he approached SARU over a possible role of working with club coaches.

EWN Sport posted on their twitter page that De Villiers had received no response from SARU about the matter by Tuesday.

"#Boks Peter de Villiers says that he hasn't heard back from #SARU yet over his proposal of working with club coaches," EWN Sport tweeted.

De Villiers believes he gained valuable experience during his tenure at the Boks, which could be useful for the game in South Africa.

"I feel a bit useless at the moment. Sitting back home and nobody shows interest in trying to draw from experience that I do have," said De Villiers.

De Villiers's most notable achievements while coaching the Springboks were a Tri-Nations trophy and a series victory over the British and Irish Lions in 2009.


  • anthonyralphwilson - 2012-04-18 18:25

    poor divvy dont worry just yet.... it took white 4 years

      Grootrot - 2012-04-18 19:10

      And White WON the WC! Divvy, what have you learned, how to be coached by your senior players? You took a WC winning team to one that could not get past QF at WC 2011. At least be honest with us, you did let the snr players run the gameplan and when they said M Steyn, you were obliged?

      Staal - 2012-04-18 20:36

      We should deploy Divvy to New Zealand. Attack the enemy from within!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-18 21:17

      Because PDV, when the politics isn't there to back you up, the people that know a thing or two about rugby can do what they should have done 4 years ago ignore you. You are as ignorant and arrogant as the day you took the Bok job.

      Willie - 2012-04-19 12:56

      "I feel a bit useless at the moment. Sitting back home and nobody shows interest in trying to draw from experience that I do have"........NEWS FLASH you were useless as a coach and an embarrassment to SA sport with your off the field idiotic antics ...who in his right mind wants to draw from that experience. Pitty you're to old for the Youth League.

      Jacques - 2012-04-19 14:56

      @Staal amper my gat oop geruk met lag . Skerp baie skerp

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-18 18:41

    I hope he gets that role. He can drive club development. Would be good.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-18 18:44

    aaag shame poo-poo-poo guy, jus giv a job as a springbok's spokesperson...he might do well with that tone...

  • Rodney - 2012-04-18 18:44

    Dont worri Divvy , POST WILL POP UP SOON

      Lance - 2012-04-19 14:02

      Yes, unfortunately it will read "Rent - UNPAID". Good luck, not nice to wish anyone out of work even if he made strange decisions.

  • Dhirshan - 2012-04-18 18:46

    once you have coached the boks you will never be out of work-even england were rumoured to want him. plus, with sa transformation issues, saru will definitely hire him. go well divi-you were subjected to alot abuse, even when you had success, and you kept your head up!

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 20:15

      Good comment Dirshan. I agree with you. How some people forget.........I am really curious to see if Heyneke gets the same abuse Divvy got.

      Sulaiman - 2012-04-19 08:42

      @Saffa HM is already getting that abuse from SA public. PDivvy only problem was his media skills and senior players maybe controlling him,

  • Fanie - 2012-04-18 18:46

    Come on SARU, he never got bigger than the game, and besides, with Juju out of the loop to provide us with some laughing media sayings, what can you loose? Make Divvie se Boks's media liaison, and throw SARU in there as well. Bet all media conferences will be full each time. Coach Div, best of luck, really, if Bryce did not blow in that game, you would have had a lot of offers!

      Press - 2012-04-19 00:22

      Maybe with all Div's skills SARU can hire him and lend him to the soccer guys to fix up soccer . . . .

  • Dhirshan - 2012-04-18 18:47

    once you have coached the boks you will never be out of work-even england were rumoured to want him. plus, with sa transformation issues, saru will definitely hire him. go well divi-you were subjected to alot abuse, even when you had success, and you kept your head up!

  • Dhirshan - 2012-04-18 18:51

    once you have coached the boks you will never be out of work-even england were rumoured to want him. plus, with sa transformation issues, saru will definitely hire him. go well divi-you were subjected to alot abuse, even when you had success, and you kept your head up!

  • eroos1980 - 2012-04-18 18:51

    I didn't think much of P Divvie, but Fanie has a point. What if Bryce didn't blow us out of the World Cup? We would have definately trashed the All Blacks in the final and he would have been the coach of the World Champions.

      Niel - 2012-04-18 20:00

      All blacks were next level in the world cup, u clearly support a badge and not rugby because there was no indication through the whole of last year that we would \trash\ the all blacks. Bryce lawrence didn't pull down radike samo in that last lineout, danie rossouw did, bryce also didn't give 2 forward passes, the boks did and he didn't miss lambies drop attempt for him either. We never deserved to win that world cup, nz is and has been the best rugby union in the world for many years and a winner of a world cup needs to be the best, wich they are. I agree that divvie wasn't to blame for loss, however with 70% ball and 75% territory there is no-one else to blame for the loss but ourselves.

      Rich - 2012-04-18 22:29

      Niel, you are 100% correct. Shame very few others will admit the AB's deserved it and most continue to blame Lawrence for The Boks exit- The Boks had their chances and they didn't take them. Seen it all before.

      Rich - 2012-04-18 23:27

      eroos, what exactly is your argument based on? Thrashing the AB's in the final at Eden Park? Is it The Boks three Tri Nations Championship wins in 16 years? The Boks have played 72 TN's matches and won 28 of them. The AB's have won 50 of their 72 games and currently hold 10 championships. Wpuld you like me to remind you of The Boks vintage season leading up to the RWC? (The Wallabies have won 29 of their 72 matches which puts the Boks last in my book). Typical trash talk once again.

      Caleb - 2012-04-19 04:13

      Niel and Rich, I was starting to think that this site is a waste of my time, as all i read are biased one eyed comments from South Africans, finally you two have restored my faith in objective rugby analysis, its just unfortunate that 95% of the people commenting on this site are as ignorant as some of the biased reporters of sport24.

      Francois - 2012-04-19 10:10

      SA would have faced NZ in the Semi's and everybody seems to forget that Morne Steyn missed those penalties. France would have run riot against the Boks anyway!

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-04-19 10:17

      @ Rich Whilst it is difficult to argue against the stats, the difference between SA and the other major test nations is that we have never been able to field the best possible team, either coaching or players due to political interference in our Rugby. Don't get me wrong because there have been and are some very fine players of colour in the country (and I totally support them) but fielding a winning team is about combinations, not putting players of colour in place and trying to build a team around them. I cannot recall SA ever fielding their strongest combination of players in the last 20 years due to the political environment our coaches have had to work within. So that being said, we haven't done too badly in the bigger scheme of things but it always leaves a sour taste in one's mouth watching the Boks run on , knowing that we are probably only at 85% of our potential. I cannot understand how the IRB can stand back and watch the goings on in SA rugby, when it's charter disallows political interference in the sport !

      Brevan - 2012-04-19 14:20

      If it was about who deserved to win a world cup, then there is no point in playing the tournament. The Boks improved gradually (I gave them no chance at the start of the tournament to be honest) and I don't think it would've been as straight forward for New Zealand if they faced the boks in the Semi as some people think. It's about who performed better on the day. I'm not saying we would've beat them, but I'm saying it could've happened. I don't usually blame a referee for a loss, but in that quarter final it was blatant. I believe that to be the best, you have to be able to win in spite of a ref, but Bryce made that impossible. Just my thoughts, I think people put too much emphasis on the World Cup and sacrifice too many results in the year just after or leading up to a world cup. It deprives us of value for money when we pay R 500 for test tickets to see an experimental team play a full strength team or 2 experimental teams playing and we end up watching a poor game of rugby.

      Rich - 2012-04-19 15:47

      Brevan, why would Bryce make it impossible for The Boks to win? (remembering of course that this was a quarter not the final) Theres no doubt that he had a shocker and he's admitted to that but lets not forget that the majority of kiwi rugby fans wanted the Boks to go through - as I've said before, The Wallabies were the in form side and were way more unpredictable than The Boks. As it happens, the AB's were completely dominant against the Wallabies in every facet of the game and I personally think they were superb, especially the back three. I believe that Lawrences refereeing was equally poor for both sides - you had your chances and didn't take them (11-9). Much the same as The AB's in the previous world cup against France.

  • John - 2012-04-18 18:55

    Good Luck Divs i think you have your work cut out.......

  • Gert - 2012-04-18 19:00

    This is how SARU rolls. They put someone up for failure and then they hang him out to dry. I feel sorry for Div. He is a decent guy and he is right about the experience he gained while coaching the boks. I'm sure he can add value somewhere at SARU's structures.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-18 19:33

      PdV did very well with the Junior Bok team as well as the Emerging Bokke. SARU must utilize him in the junior ranks of things, he will do well. I feel for him, he doesn't deserve this treatment!!

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 20:18

      He can add massive value @Bloues. He has a passion for the game that is on a nuclear level and would do great work amongst the clubs. I hope these buffoons at SARU wake up and smell the coffee (or are they too busy running after retired Bullerinas to make miraculous comebacks.....)

      Bootman - 2012-04-18 20:45

      Raven I agree with you on SARU. I don't know if you watched the news but there is a chance that the England tour wont happen due to player contracts/payments. Rumour has it that this is the reason Jaque Fourie declined to play for the Boks. SARU need to get their act together.

  • conrad.joubert1 - 2012-04-18 19:02

    Let's face some facts here. The only reason he got the tri-nations

  • Warren - 2012-04-18 19:07

    Why SARU?, he should have approached Julius to be his official spokesperson

  • lydonmcg - 2012-04-18 19:17

    But you ARE useless.

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-18 19:21

    Its because he is not white, we know if he was a white Person he would be emplyed by now.

      Niel - 2012-04-18 19:54

      Really sechaba do we know that? He's not employed cuz he's a crappy coach

      Louise-Roger - 2012-04-18 20:00

      You're the racist, get over yourself. Jake White won the world cup for SA where is he now. Dah

      Terence - 2012-04-18 21:04

      Ok, so who's gonna call ol' Albert a racist?

      Louis - 2012-04-19 08:08

      @Sechaba, boo hoo, booooorrrrriiiiinnnnggggg!!!!!

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-04-18 19:26

    Amid all the negative responses, I wish you well Peter, I pray you get the job. God is our provider and Judge. Be blessed.

      Bootman - 2012-04-18 19:41

      Ah of those who believe God didnt create black people. How's the weather in Orania?

      bluzulu - 2012-04-18 19:46

      @ Jef, The hatred and anger is revealed within your tasteless comment.

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 20:19

      @Jeffrey - may you choke on your own bile whilst you sleep tonight (God forgives me for that statement - I KNOW he does)

      Bootman - 2012-04-18 20:23

      Good grief!!!!!! Someone actually gave Jeffrey's comment a "thumbs up" I've just lost all hope I had for this beautifull country of ours.We are doomed.................................then again it could've been him.

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 20:32

      @Bootman - it was Terry! (And tonight they all pray before going to bed............)

      Bootman - 2012-04-18 21:51

      Jeffrey lets me guess. You have no problem with black gave a black guy who knocked at your door a mouldy bread once, right? Let's just leave it at that dude. You are well on your way to becoming the most unpopular person on this forum after Terence, Tokolos and Rene.

      Terence - 2012-04-18 21:54

      Yeah! Give it up for Bootman!!!

      Bootman - 2012-04-18 22:04

      Shouldnt you be in bed already sad sack?

      Jacques - 2012-04-19 10:52

      And yet Jeffrey's comment isn't deleted. I'll point that out, and because of it, my comment will vanish. Honestly. The double standards with the screening of comments astounds me.

      Lance - 2012-04-19 14:09

      @ Jacque...Jeffreys comment isnt deleted because the moderator wants him to know how big a D$$s hs is by all the comments. Give the man a break, there is a reason he is afraid to show his face..Now that I make the comparison Tokolos isnt such a bad oke..;-)

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-18 19:28

    SARU give Divvy the EC Kings (or whatever the hell it is you call that bunch of losers) to coach. We will seriously need him there to give comic relieve before and after each game coz its going to hurt....

      Jay - 2012-04-19 19:56

      Best Comment I read this YEAR/

  • Mthunzi - 2012-04-18 19:35

    I hate it wen fans speculate abt game plans and who came up wit it. Wen pdv won it was the players, wen he lost it was him. wc 1/4 final was his fault to even tho we totally bullied the aussies, js luck wasnt on our side.

      Bokfan - 2012-04-18 20:52

      Mthunzi My boet, he had two of the best players in the tournament, both game changers on the bench for 65 minutes. If you dont know who I am talking about you shouldnt be commenting. No offence mate:>

  • farmfreund - 2012-04-18 19:37

    just somewhere he is not allowed to speak

      bloubul100 - 2012-04-19 08:50

      well said!!!!!!!!.........:)

  • Mthunzi - 2012-04-18 19:41

    Some of u guys r true racists. Wen pdv used experienced players u chastised him, now HM wants to and u say he is the best coach. It sickens me how u proclaim him a messiah before a ball has been kicked. I rate him but stop abusing pdv, be objective please

      Niel - 2012-04-18 19:50

      Typical situation where the word racism just get used in order to pretend to have an opinion, if you have been reading the comments on the heyneke issue you'd notice that most people are giving him a fair bit of stick aswell.

      Bootman - 2012-04-18 19:54

      Niel go look at Jeffreys comment above and then tell me that it's not racism.

      Niel - 2012-04-18 21:19

      What jeffrey comment? Mustve been removed, my point is speak rugby and leave politics out of it. Politics ruin everything.

      Jeffrey - 2012-04-18 21:29

      @Bootman, Where did I mention anything about de Villiers' race. I couldn't care less about it. I gave my opinion based on what I think of de Villiers as a rugby coach, and as a clown in dealing with the media. The man never had any humility at all, and this was borne out by numerous idiotic comments of his in public. How that makes me a racist I fail to understand.

      Christopher - 2012-04-19 02:42

      Oh shut up u cry baby! The only 1 that's bringing color & racism into is is u A-HOLE, go for a walk with the chip on ur shoulder & do not come back!

  • Paul - 2012-04-18 19:52

    They can use divvy as a PR consultant !

  • Page Tshabangu Page - 2012-04-18 19:58

    what this have t do with race?? racism will never end in ths country bcse of some idiots who never even played rugby bt the come here t judge DEVLRS,the man needs a job not to be SARU president bcse we knw he will never get it bcse of his colour

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-18 20:08

      Het jy ooit sub-A klaargemaak? Bul groete.

      Christopher - 2012-04-19 02:44

      You need to learn to spell before you insult people duh eh eh eish uhm eh Devlrs??????

  • Grant - 2012-04-18 20:26

    This is what happens when you allow player power to take over your should of dropped the old men and won that WC....but you were lead by the those old men are making plenty of cash in England, Japan, etc while you waste away jobless.....Really PDV , you should of shown more courage....those Fat Boys walked all over you, now you paying the price.

      Bootman - 2012-04-18 20:33

      Grant yours is the most sensible comment I've read on this thread. I always felt that PDV lacked the balls to make tough decisions, like dropping the old boys. He seemed to always go for the "safer" option. The scary thing is that I see the same trend developing with AC and the Stormers.

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 20:34

      and now allllllllllllllllllll those fatboys are pulling back into the laager for more of the same (except this time the coach won't be criticised as much....because the coach is Saint Meyer)

      Jeffrey - 2012-04-18 21:40

      @Bootman, Most of the Stormers pack in the squad are under 21 years of age. The rest are far from old men. The Bulls also bought two of the youngsters who would be playing for Stormers this season.

      Bootman - 2012-04-18 22:15

      Jeffrey Im talking about AC going for the "safer" option. He's got Louis Schreuder, JP DuPlessis and Nizaam Carr on the bench and they get little or no game time. I'd like to see Francis get a proper run but AC opts for a one dimensional flyhalf who cant kick for territory. Do you think Kolisi would have gotten a chance if Schalk was fit?

      Jed - 2012-04-19 07:06

      Bootman, Grant's tactical kicking might not be great but the likes of Pietersen, Burton and van Aswegen could not make pressure kicks if they life depended on it. Defence Grant takes that hands down. If it weren't for Grant we would be sitting on 3 losses.

  • Bokfan - 2012-04-18 20:49

    Its called the rubbish bin of history boss. A lot of your anc chaainas will be joining you sson.

  • Thabo - 2012-04-18 20:53

    Ya ne diamonds re no gud.....

  • Thabo - 2012-04-18 20:53

    Ya ne diamonds re no gud.....

  • Bill - 2012-04-18 21:19

    After he publicly blasted SARU for having no "exit strategy" for him when his contract expired he now wants the hand that he bit to feed him again? I guess possible employers were frightened off by his decision to criticize his employers for not having some gravy train job lined up for him after the Bok job. Of course, he would have been the only national coach in world history to be given an "exit strategy" and a well paid job. Take the R2M per year you earned, live on that for a while, write a book like Jake did, and marry a rich widow, just like Jake did, and your worries are over.

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-04-18 21:26

    Poor old Snor! Hung out 2 dry - come on SARU, give the man something, he's not totally useless even tho I'm no fan of his. @ least he's funny unlike Snor Markgraaff who was a total and utter embarrassment.

  • Charles - 2012-04-18 21:32

    'De Villiers believes he gained valuable experience during his tenure at the Boks' - he should have had valueble experience before being selected as Bok coach!

      Bootman - 2012-04-18 22:03

      Charles he never coached the bok before, so how could he have experience in coaching them? Does Heyneke have experience in coaching the boks?

      Charles - 2012-04-19 02:43

      @Bootman that's not what i said in my comment. He should have picked up experience coaching currie cup and super rugby so that he has the knowledge and experience to coach international rugby. Heyneke has valuable experience, look at his CV so in this case SARU has picked the most deserved condidate based on his previous experience!!

      bloubul100 - 2012-04-19 08:55

      good point!!!......

      Brendon - 2012-04-19 13:58

      Heyneke was an assistant coach during Nick Mallet's tenure, where they equalled the All Blacks world record of 17 consecutive victories.

  • Johan - 2012-04-18 22:09

    For once Terence I must concur, your remark was idiotic!

  • Johann - 2012-04-18 23:02

    Make him the media spokesperson.....

      bloubul100 - 2012-04-19 08:58

      not with that voice!!!!!!!.........

  • Trevor - 2012-04-18 23:51

    Maybe RFU should apoint him as the Jester and stick him in the corner on a stool with a rattle in his hand.Perhaps he can do that job properly.

  • Christopher - 2012-04-19 02:40

    Stay the hell out of Springbok rugby! U did enough harm!

  • Peter - 2012-04-19 06:01

    Try cattle farming

      Rinus - 2012-04-19 09:47

      with Juju as partner! :-)

      Lance - 2012-04-19 14:47

      You mean coaching the Bulls ? :-)

  • Roy - 2012-04-19 07:08

    "I feel a bit useless at the moment" - Not alot has changed then hey?

  • mjwild - 2012-04-19 08:06

    If he was any good at a coaching roll, overseas clubs would have come out running to sign him up, I have not seen any interest from any teams.

      Marius - 2012-04-19 08:35

      Yes, even the Kings saw this coming and appointed a decent coach before SARU had the chance to perhaps force PdV on them.

      Peter - 2012-04-19 10:40

      Not even local 1st division teams

      Brendon - 2012-04-21 12:15

      Don't you know why? Apparently it's because all white people are racist!

  • Lance - 2012-04-19 08:37

    Well if Meyer isnt able to secure the services of David Copperfield to "create magic" by turning Matfield into a physically fit Bok within a month and a half, then maybe he should hire Div as "technical advisor" to sharpen his decision making skills....Next we will see the headline "Joost dusting off his Boots, ironing his Bok Jersey "..

  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-04-19 08:54

    Damn i can't take this guy's whining, he should get in touch with Jimmy Manyi surely he'll hook up with a job somewhere lol

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-19 10:19

    Good luck Snor, you learnt allot, the players loved you and I am sure SA Rugby could use your skills/experience in some way

  • Ian - 2012-04-19 10:47

    I believe there is a Communications Manager vacancy!

  • Martin - 2012-04-19 11:09

    1stly, you are useless. no nobody wants to employ the wonder coach, wonder why ??

  • Grizzly - 2012-04-19 11:37

    Moenie worry ou Div. Jy verdien 'n plekkie in die son. Jy sal dit net self moet soek Die plekkie gaan jou nie soek. Klub rugby is 'n gemors hoop jy of iemand kan iets bydra, dan het ek ook iets om op 'n Saterdag te doen. Sterkte

  • Bruce - 2012-04-19 11:39

    Maybe his they feel his "experience" doesn't account for much?

  • Buzz - 2012-04-19 13:17

    That's the thing about the real world Mr Div.... instead of expecting a job to find you, you have to go looking for a job. Not "feel a bit useless at the moment. Sitting back home".

  • Stephen - 2012-04-19 14:02

    It's fine we don't need you.You are arrogant you must sit at home and maybe think about trimming your mostache you are welcome to go and coach Bafana Bafana.

  • Attie - 2012-04-19 14:10

    div why don't you try safa instead

      Lance - 2012-04-19 14:40

      He tried, you need to speak fluent Polish, Russian or Greek to work for SAFA.

  • Jan - 2012-04-19 14:11

    Div's most notable achievements were on the back of Jake White's coaching skill - not anything he did. From there it was downhill thanks to Div. Out of work and jobless - this is what arrogance get's you in life!!!!!!

  • Neil - 2012-04-19 14:22

    More than welcome to come assist our under 9 team coach!

  • Lance - 2012-04-19 14:49

    In all seriousness I think that government should arrange give him a position at the Kings..after all he has pledged allegiance to the ANC and the Kings is a politically correct union. Kings..please bail the brother out ?!?

      Raymond - 2012-04-19 19:56

      He and Cheeky will make a good team.Div can be the backline coats !!!!!!!

  • pal.mabelane - 2012-04-19 15:29

    There's a job at Kaizer Chiefs waiting for you. With Bobby Motaung's record...I am sure you're more than qualified.