Div: I am in charge

2010-07-30 09:35

Brenden Nel

Johannesburg - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has come out strongly to tell the country that he – and nobody else – is the coach of the national team.

After several articles which suggest that De Villiers was not in control of the World Champions but it was either run by senior players, or by the assistant coaches, the Bok mentor moved swiftly to dispel any doubts about who is in charge.

De Villiers faced up to fans questions in SA Rugby’s Bokzine – the email newsletter for Springbok fans – and was forthright when asked who is in charge of the team.

“I’ve heard this so many times – and not just in New Zealand – that it’s obvious that those with fixed opinions won’t change their minds whatever I say,” De Villiers wrote.

“I am the coach but I do listen to players who have played in close to 100 Tests and won every trophy there is to win in rugby. It has brought us success and I don’t recall this being a criticism last year. I am not threatened by this talk – after all, I went to France to fetch John (Smit) back.

When confronted by the question of bringing in young talent and the suggestion that some of the senior players have past their prime, the Bok coach pointed out that experience was a telling factor when it came to the World Cup.

“One of the key questions that we spend a long time debating in selection and this year you’ve seen that we have brought through young players like Francois Louw, Juan de Jongh, Flip van der Merwe and others,” De Villiers explained.

“But the history of World Cups is that they’re won by experience – the Bok and England teams that won the last two were the most experienced in either teams’ rugby history! All but three of Jake’s team won in 2007 had made their debuts at or before the previous World Cup, so experience can’t be a bad thing.”

De Villiers added that utility back Frans Steyn’s cannon boot was very much still in the Bok plans, but suggested his commitments to his French club Racing Metro were hindering him from playing for the national team.

“In answer, Frans is very much still in our thinking and we would like him in the team – we just have to balance the demands of club and country so that he can perform his best for the Springboks,” De Villiers said.


  • MonTage - 2010-07-30 09:45

    Then..."he – and nobody else – is" at fault for the HORRIBLE performance of the boks! And "he – and nobody else – is" responsible, so he must get out, while he can, cause he SUCKS!!!

  • rugga fan - 2010-07-30 09:47

    snorre blows, looks to me people all ready forgot about the dismal performance of the boks in November last year.... give me the boks ill coach them for free.... and plus the only time div will be on par with Jake is if he wins a world cup trophy witch i doubt strongly with this clown at the helm... id be surprised if we make it to the semis.

  • Oval Ball - 2010-07-30 09:47

    Much has been said about selections and selection errors, but little has been revealed about the workings of the Selectors and their relationship with DIV. Can anyone shine some light on this - and I mean meaningful contributions not inane and hate comments please

  • kabous - 2010-07-30 09:50

    we can see by your results that you're in charge.........Jake and Heyneke's players are getting older and you cannot manage it or create youre own luck...........puppet!

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-07-30 09:55

    The market punishes mistakes. The coach is learning that he can't be a verbal gattling gun.

  • kabous - 2010-07-30 09:56

    we can see by your results that you're in charge.........Jake and Heyneke's players are getting older and you cannot manage it or create youre own luck...........puppet!

  • Fred - 2010-07-30 09:57

    If true, seems to me that springbok rugby is in more trouble than previously believed.

  • Fafa - 2010-07-30 09:57

    If Div is in charge why does he chose players like Januarie and Chillyboy. Saru and the whole management team of the Boks seem to underestimate the intellegence of the average South African rugby fan. Get down to basics and chose the best players irrispective of colour and see the results .

  • Grim - 2010-07-30 10:00

    Don't forget it was God who put him in charge

  • Daan - 2010-07-30 10:00

    bla, bla, bla...........

  • Ja Snorre ja! - 2010-07-30 10:00

    Ja-nee ons glo jou ou Snorbek...yeah right! Natuurlik het jy ondervinding nodig maar die manne met ondervinding moet ook nog kompeterend wees ou Snor!Hoekom bring jy nie sommer Maruis Joubert,Kobus Wiese,Joost(soek n job) en so aan nie.Wat van Os du Randt.Moenie k@k gorrel en dink ons moet als glo nie man.Jy het JSmit gaan haal ja nou gaan lewer hom weer af ook.Hy is n hasbeen en klaar.Die 2 Shark wings JP Pietersen en Mvovo asook Aplon is goed genoeg om Habana n slag wakker te maak.Drop hom net eenkeer en hy sal terugkom.Jou outjies is in n gemaksone en klaar.Spies is n k@k no 8 op Internasionale vlak en as jy en jou spul swape wat die span "afrig" te dom is om dit te besef is jy n nar.Die BB se patroon werk dalk op SRugby vlak maar NIE op internasionale vlak nie.Kan jy nie sien hoe verdedig die Stormer/WP span nie?Ek sê NIE sit n spul Stormers in die span nie maar kan hul defence afrigter nie dalk help by die Bokke nie?Nee wat ou Div jy is in n web.Waar het jy gesien n afrigter en speler is saam in besigheid....verrefkngaande!

  • Joeman - 2010-07-30 10:01

    Ad dont forget he chose Brossouw when Jake only wanted him to carry the beers

  • Div on the right track - 2010-07-30 10:02

    thanks Div its great to see you guys still have frans steyn as part of the team, we need him seriously for the worldcup he is a great fullback that can double up for any position in the backline except scrumhalf. he also doubles up for a great goal kicker as well. Go Bokke!!!!

  • Michael - 2010-07-30 10:03

    ja, right old Snor.

  • Nick - 2010-07-30 10:09

    Well the man has said that he is in charge- there is a saying that goes like this - "live by the sword and die by the sword" - S.A rugby apply this rule and get rid of the p*..*k.

  • Manie Kriel - 2010-07-30 10:10

    Ja if I look at the scoreboard I can see who is in charged

  • The Original Beast - 2010-07-30 10:12

    You in charge boss Diddy, no problem. Just make sure you take full responsibility of the springbok ship as well.

  • Wondering - 2010-07-30 10:13

    If you are in Charge DIV, thus that mean you will be fired for poor performance??

  • Hah - 2010-07-30 10:13

    For the last three games PDivvy was in charge, before then the senior players and coaching staff were in charge. Has anybody noticed the difference?

  • stubenkamer - 2010-07-30 10:14

    you will always be a bullsh***er Div. idiot.

  • Rugby Fan NOT Supporter - 2010-07-30 10:15

    Well, if you are in charge then get on with it. Why did you go to France and get John Smit back? There is very little discipline in the Bok side and obviously the captain doesn't have a handle on it either. If you lose a game or two then that's understandable but game after game after game and so many yellow cards AND then to top it all, the poor boys are been targetted by the refs. PLEASE! Grow up, stop whinging and get on with the task at hand. You guys earn far too much for the rubbish you dish up.

  • I am BOSS - 2010-07-30 10:19

    You don't seem to be doing a excellent job Mr De Villiers!

  • Brad - 2010-07-30 10:19

    If he is in charge why then why has he not reigned in the team on their discipline, which is laughable on the field! He should have told Bakkies that if he ever did something like that again he would never wear the green & gold jersey ever again! If he is in charge then he would tell his players to respect the refs decision whether it’s a bad call or not. He needs to set the example, he needs to tell the players what to do. He also needs to understand that these are professional sportsmen who get paid very well and are very skilled in a particular position and by putting centre’s on the wing and eighth men on the flank the team will not perform. You picked him from that position to begin with, keep him there. Show you have the balls and the faith in a player. Stand up and be in charge instead of making wisecracks about refs and SANZAR. Shut up and coach and reign the players in!

  • Honesty - 2010-07-30 10:21

    If only we could have people in positions of power and responsibility who can actually be honest and forthcoming for a change. Imagine the peace of it all... Wait, am I dreaming again. LIES,LIES and more LIES. On the other hand. If Div claims to be in charge and the Boks are playing k@k as they are, then surely that means he doesn't have a freakin' clue. Riding on Jake White's glory only lasted as long as it did, now he actually has to do some work. Get someone in the coaching position that actually has a sense of direction and doesn't make an absolute nut of himself with even more k@k comments.

  • Benny - 2010-07-30 10:24

    With a finger like that can anyone seriously doubt that our beloved P Divvy is in charge?

  • tokkie - 2010-07-30 10:25

    Ja he is in charge "In charge of what"??? Go home and retire before you fired DIV. The whole world has seen thru u, a clown in a position given thru tokenism ONLY. You have no idea how to coach and no idea what to say when that mouth opens !!! Please do SA a favour and walk out.........before even Zimbabwe and Kenya thrash us toooooo.

  • Gog - 2010-07-30 10:26

    Yup, Div is in charge, Matfield and Smit told him he could say it...

  • Navarac - 2010-07-30 10:27

    Let's get this straight ... so he is personally and solely responsible for the current results?

  • SP - 2010-07-30 10:27

    Yes Div, we can see that you are in charge. The results speak for themselves.

  • Hannetjie - 2010-07-30 10:28

    If experience is what counts then why are our 'experienced' players not performing in the Tri Nations - surely it must also count there!!! Peter de Villiers need to admit that he coached the Springboks from Heroes to Zeroes in two years' time!!!!!!!

  • GULLAUME CLOUSTON - 2010-07-30 10:28

    ja ou piet heluim jy weet niks van rugby af nie . jy is n nar man . almal speel jou en jy is te dom om dit agter te kom jou clown.

  • Godfrey - 2010-07-30 10:30

    Is he lying? After all he's the one who signed the contract, not the blikskottels who always critisize him.

  • Anonymous - 2010-07-30 10:32

    Great stuff Div. Thanks for clearing all that up... AGAIN

  • WAKA WAKA - 2010-07-30 10:33

    Of Course your in charge only SAFU pulls the strings WHO are you trying to kid !! The Springbok legacy left behind by the last coach has come to an end mate. Now what : Resign let a decent coach take over WP Alister who has a better track record.

  • Sean - 2010-07-30 10:34

    DV you are to arrogant for your own good and SA rugby.Do us all a favour and quit. Maybe you should be listening to some of the senior players.

  • brian - 2010-07-30 10:38

    Pdiv has shown just how clueless he is when it comes to coaching. He does not have the ability to keep up with the rule changes and what sort of coach would always have a ready excuse when his side is beaten by the better team. I am and will always be a bok supporter but our coach needs to be taken to task and be told that his comments only add fuel to the fire.Him blaming the referee and everybody else is childish and stupid , even when the referees are blowing so one sided as they have , diplomacy is required when raising this in the media. His choice of some players also smacks of racism and favouritism ie. Ricky Januarie - cannot make the stormers team but is his first choice, Frans Steyn - personal dislikes , etc. We need a coach like Alistair Coetzee assisted by Rassie Erasmus and then send the clown to the circus where he can spout drivel and get paid for it!

  • die yster - 2010-07-30 10:41

    Piv the puppet - pro BEEE and F.c.k the white players and people - is standing up? Chillie boy the face of BEEE for president and coach!

  • James - 2010-07-30 10:45

    Any one that is truly in charge of the Bok team wouldn't have to proclaim it to the whole of SA. I smell desperation Div.

  • frans - 2010-07-30 10:48

    In die land van die blindes, is eenoog koning! Gaan voort, Snorre, ons was no1 in die wereld, amper nou no3! Gaan ons Bafana se pad? Lyk so...

  • Nic - 2010-07-30 10:55

    This is clear if you look at the performance of the team.

  • E - 2010-07-30 10:57

    Does he really think we believe that he would be honest if he is not in charge? Everybody knows he does not have the knowledge, experience or professionalism to be in charge of the Springboks!

  • JSC - 2010-07-30 10:58

    And we can all see that P.

  • DIV = CLOWN - 2010-07-30 11:00

    We can see you are in charge Div, that is why we are playing so k@k!

  • Ray - 2010-07-30 11:04

    Lots of bonehead comments here! Go PVD!

  • Mario - 2010-07-30 11:06

    Look at all you idiots…3 loses and all hell brakes loose…screw all of you!!!! Div is a great coach – better than Jake and Heyneke must wait his turn – It’s the time of the DIV. When we did well you all praised him…he does bad this time and then you want to give him the boot. Its Bok supporters like you we don’t need in this country – that old mentality must F’n go. Do you do the same when your province play this bad or do you stand by them through thick and thin – you bunch of hypocrites! I can’t wait to see your comments next year when we take the Tri Nation again and defend the World Cup successfully…. Proud BOK supporter – my blood is green and will always be “win or lose”

  • Playa23 - 2010-07-30 11:09

    PDV should go an take lessons from Alister Cotzee on how to motivate and coach. Oops sorry I forgot Alister has at least a brain. PDV should not get a job even coaching the Zimbabwe Blind Team.

  • Playa23 - 2010-07-30 11:12

    PDV should go an take lessons from Alister Cotzee on how to motivate and coach. Oops sorry I forgot Alister has at least a brain. PDV should not get a job even coaching the Zimbabwe Blind Team.

  • Sick and Tired - 2010-07-30 11:16

    IMAGINE! a world where the only thing that counts is your performance, whether coach, administrator or player.... I truly believe that the Boks would have a win percentage as good as the AB's if we lived in this fantasy world (that all other international teams inhabit...). We have so much stacked against us as a rugby nation it is unbelievable. How on earth have we managed to win half the world cups that we have played in with so many factors in favour of our opponents. What sickens me even more is that we have to put up with glaringly obvious for all to see biased refs but we're not allowed to complain. I am such a fanatical fan of rugby and the Boks - but I just feel so deflated with all this bullshit that keeps getting shoveled at us (the fans). I am on the verge of not giving a hoot about rugby any more because as a SA fan it's like there are 'forces' out to hinder us at every opportunity. Idiotic politicians, quota selections, a coach that makes every other nation laugh at us, a$$hole refs and worst of all - Aussie and Kiwi players openly admitting the way they bend the rules! Mocking us because they can get away with it and we can't. Is it really worth it all? Please, I need a tissue, anyone? Paddy? I feel so alone...

  • Jay - 2010-07-30 11:22

    One of those statements that needs some action and results behind it.

  • kingofkings - 2010-07-30 11:24

    Guys lets stop being so fickle, yes the team have played poorly and not done us proud, but you dont become a bad team overnight. They need our support more than ever, John and victor are still world class players, and they will come right, we just need to show them that we are behind them. It will come right. Lets just believe in the bokke