Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer chose to answer his fiercest critic, former Bok coach Peter de Villiers, in the best way possible, refusing to be drawn into the web of negativity spouted by the former coach regarding the Boks.
Meyer named 9 players of colour in his 31 man squad but has been the subject of attacks from the former Bok coach over the past month which have become increasingly bitter and personal.
Meyer refused to be drawn into the debate, despite being accused of “taking Springbok rugby back into the gutters” by De Villiers and decided instead to praise the former coach and call on him to use his talents to help rugby grow in all communities.
“I truly respect Peter de Villiers as a coach and a human being,” Meyer said.
“I think he’s done a lot of good things for South African rugby. He’s a great diplomat for South Africa. He’s made a difference to people’s lives, and hopefully he can still be involved in South African rugby.
“We need guys who can make a difference at grassroots level. I wish him the best of luck for the future.”