Town - Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers believes South African
rugby supporters will help the Springboks get through these dark days.
Springboks won just four of their 12 Tests in 2016, prompting calls for the
sacking of coach Allister Coetzee.
will on December 13 meet with an SA Rugby EXCO sub-committee for his 2016
season review, while reports have surfaced this week that the Boks are on the
lookout for a new coach in 2017.
Villiers, who played in 109 Tests for the Boks between 2002 and 2015, is in Cape
Town ahead of Thursday’s Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup match between the Proteas
and the Springboks at Newlands.
pre-match press conference involved a lot of bantering between De Villiers,
JP Duminy and Damian de Allende, but the former skipper did get serious when
asked about the tough year Bok supporters have endured.
is a process and sport goes through cycles, like anything in life,” De Villiers
a cricketing point of view, these guys (Proteas) found themselves in a dark
spot as well a couple of months ago and they were able to get through it,
purely because that’s what we do as South Africans.
fans play such a big part in that. They’re very knowledgeable, very passionate
and I think that is why we can be successful.
you lose that ... the interest of your stakeholders and your fans, then I think
think we all agree that the Springboks aren’t doing the way we’d want them to
do and they’d be the first to put their hands up.
we can turn it around and make the changes that are needed and hopefully by
this time, next year we can come back and say that we got through it and that
both national sides are doing very well.”
for Thursday’s Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup match are still on sale - there are
about 4 000 left as of Wednesday morning - and the event is seeking to raise R1 000 000 for
the Nelson Mandela Foundation.