D-Day arrives for Bok coach

2010-08-05 22:32

JJ Harmse

Pretoria – Hopefully Peter de Villiers has a hearty breakfast on Friday because he has an important day ahead of him.

At 09:00 De Villiers has to explain in a SANZAR hearing why controversial comments attributed to him should not be interpreted as bringing the game into disrepute.

De Villiers said on Fox Sports programme The Rugby Club that he believes there is a link between the way in which the All Blacks are being handled in this year’s matches and the fact that next year’s World Cup is being played in New Zealand.

It was interpreted that he was saying that the All Blacks were being advantaged so that they can enter the tournament as favourites.

He explained later in a statement that he believed it was good for the All Blacks to get good results as this would stimulate interest in the tournament.

Nevertheless, he has been asked to appear in front of SANZAR judicial officer Jannie Lubbe to explain what he really meant.

De Villiers will then meet with a few senior Springboks to take stock on the Tri-Nations – and how the Springboks can salvage some pride from their home games.

Sport24 understands that among the proposals will be that the team scales down on its promotional and commercial activities and spends more time on the training field.

The Boks were initially set to convene on August 17, but the date has been brought forward.

After the chat with senior players, De Villiers will meet with his selection committee to decide which players should be added to his squad.

Juan Smith, JP Pietersen and Bismarck du Plessis are expected to be in the squad. All three have recovered from injuries that have kept them out of the Tri-Nations games to date. Their experience will be worth its weight in gold for the Springboks’ home onslaught.

The coach will also have to apply his mind to his centre and scrumhalf options.

Jaque Fourie is still suspended and will miss the clash against the All Blacks (August 21), while Ruan Pienaar (shoulder injury) will miss the rest of the tournament.


  • zoey - 2010-08-05 23:19

    As far as i can see they making Div look like he's been punish for bunking school? Look like there's no freedom of speech one has to be carefull what you say or else?Atleast he is not afraid to say what he feels.Stop this harpering and lets consentrate on making a magnificent COMEBACK?

  • OUGAT - 2010-08-05 23:47

    The controvercy with Paddy O' Brian & Bob Dwyer just proofs that all is not right in the SAZAR camp. Just comes to show that Divvy has a point after all.

  • Gideon - 2010-08-06 00:17

    We need to make a strong comeback. Use the power of that "snor" and make us proud! Bok For Ever! BTW......What a awesome Currie Cup this year! We have so much tallent.

  • John - 2010-08-06 00:31

    He made ridiculous statements, and if this hearing only serves to make him stop talking crap and get on with the real issue, making the Boks good enough to win, then it will be worth it. As for Oregon Hoskins - he's even more stupid than De Villiers!

  • Question to JJ - 2010-08-06 00:40

    Ok after this fiasco is over (the hearing) and they found Div guilty as charge what then? What can happen to him? Surely Snor might get a fine which I suppose SARU will pay. If they tell him to publically apologize (the typical Kiwi and Aussie way) and he do that then he acknowledge that he did mean it the way they understood it am I right? So if I am Snor I will not apologize. If he refuses to apologize what can they do to him? The sooner SARU appoints a translator for Snor the better. This man clearly does not have a clue what he is actually meaning when he is saying something which is very dangerous!

  • LS - 2010-08-06 00:43

    In every sporting code public comments like those made by Div will result in a discplinary hearing. Regardless if it is soccer, cricket rugby or ice hockey. For a senior coach he should not have said what he did, there are correct channels through which these things should be handled and Div was wrong. He has questioned the integrity of the referees, calling them cheats. I think there should be some punishment for that. If anyone had called South Africa cheats there would be a huge out cry. Just look at out cry when Brendon Cannon called Div a clown. South Africa needs to quit their complaining, stop thinking they are so hard done by and everyone else has it easy. This is the international sports arena, its tough and performance is what counts. Blamming others for your failings, rather than taking responsibility for them does help win any games or make any friends. The reality is the Springboks were outplayed, three times in a row. The got a hiding in each and every game, it is not like it was even a close call. One bad decision by ref does not make you loose like that. They should be focusing on their own mistakes rather then other peoples and perhaps they could then scrape together some pride and show that they deserve to be the world champions and they are contenders for next year.

  • Tommygun - 2010-08-06 01:21

    It looks like Bob Dwyer is next!

  • JO - 2010-08-06 01:33

    Rather then hual him over the coals for comments i myself and the rest of the supporters would have made how about a hearing for his poor performance based on selection, poor attacking and defensive tactics. Yes you can not satisfy all by selecting the perfect squad but leaving out F.Steyn and playing Jean on wing WTF. Also Brussouw would have suited the tour better as it seems the new rules did not apply.More concerning is the amount of injuries we picked up which only happens when players are not fit, players are played out of position or position pairing is incorrect

  • Kiwi Boy - 2010-08-06 04:27

    Glad to hear that the Springboks are getting together rather sooner than later. Also that some new players are being looked at is a sign that they have finally seen that the exsisting team and game plan will not get them anywhere. Dispite all the things said on these comments pages, we do need a strong Springbok team that is competition in the rugby arena. Sorry that you will still lose, but lets atleast have a good game!

  • Claude - 2010-08-06 06:19

    'The coach will also have to apply his mind to his centre and scrumhalf options' ---- mind ----what mind?

  • LC - 2010-08-06 06:22

    Die foto se baie!

  • Bob - 2010-08-06 06:50

    @zoey: that's pretty naive. He's in the INTERNATIONAL media spotlight, ergo he MUST watch his tongue. We are talking about the mouthpiece of an INTERNATIONAL rugby team and organization, not Sarie's Under-11E! And if he has been bunking school (and based on the team's performance this T3N I think we all know he has), then he deserves whatever punishment he receives.

  • Michael - 2010-08-06 06:52

    Old Snor will be muzzeled after this meeting. He cannot just shoot from the hip and get away with it. His comments were silly and now he must answer.

  • Theo - 2010-08-06 06:55

    SANZAR is just a bunch of biased Australians and New Zealanders in this country to conduct their witchhunt and to feed their own biases and paranoias. They are violating our coaches Constitutional rights. Does SANZAR "law" violate our law and Consitution? In this country, SANZAR can take its "make up as you go" rules and shove them. PdV is a free man and can say what he wants to. Sometimes the truth does hurt. PdV has more heart that the Boots 'n All commentators, "Hand Relief" being the foremost jellyfish.

  • Slimey - 2010-08-06 07:02

    Doubt if PdV will ever be branded as the "COMEBACK KID".... he has let the Boks slide into the bottom of the barrel...the players he had after the past RWC have left the team, and his selection of 'new' players have come back to bite him in the posterior!. Will be interesting to see the outcome!!!

  • klein kosie - 2010-08-06 07:04

    hope he takes evedence with. of how useless the revs where.

  • ron - 2010-08-06 07:13

    Wait for the cock and bull drivel that's going to spew out of PDiv's mouth when he gets punished. And it will end with the usual racist allegations by this idiot we call a coach.

  • Impi - 2010-08-06 07:16

    Poor guy, I hope they aren't too hard on him. I think he's just frustrated after working so hard with a team of over-rated, has-been losers who have come to believe they are the best in the world because they beat England at RWC 2007. Maybe they should look at the IRB rankings ...

  • !! - 2010-08-06 07:47

    .....quota palooooooooka...

  • Dave - 2010-08-06 08:00

    The game brought itself into disrepute, De Villiers just pinted it out.

  • Ingwe - 2010-08-06 08:17

    @LS I 100% agree with your comments. Maybe PdV's defence will be clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you. The problem is the Ring Master is also the chief clown.

  • THE ALIMIGHTY MAN - 2010-08-06 08:35

    since when did it become a crime to say aloud your opinions...south have africa has the greatest constitution in the world and we as south africans stretch the constitution to its fullest to get value for money so to speak and PDV is merely exercising his rights as a free man to air his PDV on trial here for airing his opinions implying the refs are making the all blacks look good for the build up of the world cup??? he is allowed to do so whats the problem....if PDV gets in trouble for airing his opionions then its 1989 all over again being muzzled by can now see clearly how the australians new zelanders and white south africans think you are all appartheid minded all the same no matter where you come theres the real crime

  • Nick - 2010-08-06 08:37

    I think PdV may well have a point. I hope he gives them hell. South Africans must stop being the whipping boys of SANZAR, tell them to get their house in order or we are out. They need us and their advertisers on the telly will soon get them into line - money talks.

  • ingwe - 2010-08-06 08:41

    @Theo you really are a big bigot. If you had taken the time to read the article you would have seen the following “Nevertheless, he has been asked to appear in front of SANZAR judicial officer Jannie Lubbe to explain what he really meant”. Jannie Lubbe sounds very South African to me, so where is your pathetic Australian/New Zealand conspiracy theory now.

  • mel - 2010-08-06 08:48

    they should fire PdV and beg Jake White to come back.

  • Wiggle - 2010-08-06 08:49

    Pdivvi - in the 1st place put some base in your voice - then select the best team available - sure you can win the All Blacks in RSA - have a blast boys

  • Saffa UK - 2010-08-06 08:53

    @Almighty Man. Hold your horses in dredging up race / apartheid again. It has no place in rugby or any sport for that matter This is about a South African ambassador publicy going after refs. Whether we agree with him on the issue or not is irrelevant sinc e there are proper channels to file grievences like that. Nothing more , nothing less.

  • Lieb - 2010-08-06 09:06

    P Divie says something and SANZAR makes their own interpretation of it, then decides he "brings the game into disrepute". But the bunch of ex cons from Aus can say what they want, and they are just asked to apologize publicly. Just shows again that consistency is not applied when penalties are being dished out to SA rugby. If this was NZ they would have probably been given “a last official warning” like McCaw gets for playing offside during matches.

  • Slimey - 2010-08-06 10:54

    @ NICK...MONEY TALKS, BOVINE FAECES(PdV) WALKS!!!! or talks cr#p... that no one understands...

  • @thealmightyman - 2010-08-06 11:12

    We're quite tired of your racsist tripe submitted frequently!!Please can we meet up ,so that i can impose my size 11 to your trapper!!You are a disgrace to everything that is SA and what it stands for!! We may have the greatest constituion in the world,however,the likes of your government are hell bent on destroying it -as with the freedom of speech issue.So think before you spout out your mouth-off!!Pratt

  • @Mel - 2010-08-06 11:17

    Why would they have to “beg” Jake White to come back? Does JW even have a job!? This idiot was still in charge of the Boks when he started with his sh$t about job offers. It was all a pack of bullsh$t...he never had offers! He was running his own campaign to “force” SARU to extend his contract beyond 2007. They called his bluff and proofed that he was a bullsh$tter! If he was such a brilliant coach WHY isn’t he involved in coaching 1 of the top 5 teams in the world? Alistair Coetzee got a great job and is doing a great job and ditto for Gert Smal.Maybe the players coached the 2007 Boks? LOL! Wait for Matfield’s book!

  • Cire@Almighty Man - 2010-08-06 11:44

    What on earth have you been smoking? I have seldom read a more braindead post than yours. Get a life!

  • Anti - 2010-08-06 12:02

    Did you guys notice the words - selection committee in the article? When we don't win De Villiers is a clown and doesn't know how to pick or coach a team. When we win (as we will do in all our home matches) it's the selection committee and the senior players who coach the team! How simple the world for the SA rugby fan is!

  • Philip@Mel - 2010-08-06 14:02

    Mel go a beg JW to sit on your lap or whatever. We don't need him. PvD is not a clown - he just expressed the feelings of millions and that takes a lot. Sanzar must be aware PvD has more friends that enemies!

  • NUFF SAID - 2010-08-06 15:16


  • Ken - 2010-08-06 15:53

    Get rid of this JIBBERING idiot. Did he ever play rugby? I would recommend three years of English and speech lessons. Nothing more than just another token carried by the senior players.

  • pages:
  • 1