Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers does not believes SA Rugby’s coaching indaba will make much of a difference to rugby in the country.
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Current national coach Allister Coetzee will meet with top officials and coaches from around the country in Cape Town on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss ways in which South African rugby can be improved.
The indaba was called after the Boks suffered a humiliating 57-15 loss to the All Blacks in Durban earlier this month.
De Villiers, who coached the Boks between 2008 and 2011, was invited to the indaba but turned it down.
“You first have to identify the problem before you can solve it. I don’t believe SA Rugby knows what the problem is,” De Villiers told Die Son.
“With the same structures, I beat the All Blacks three times in one year in 2009. No Bok coach has ever achieved that.”
De Villiers said Coetzee phoned him last Sunday to invite him to the indaba.
“I don’t know if he was told to do it, but you can’t be informed of something like this at the 11th hour. I’m on my way to Namibia and can’t attend the indaba."
During his tenure as Bok coach, De Villiers said he never received any help from SA Rugby.
"I had to manage on my own. They never gave me the necessary support - especially when the overseas media attacked me."
De Villiers currently works in Namibia as a development coach for the local financial provider Trustco’s Centre of Excellence.