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Peter de Villiers bade farewell to Springbok rugby on Tuesday with “no regrets” about his four-year tenure as head coach.

January 31, was De Villiers’s last official day as Springbok coach. His successor Heyneke Meyer, who was appointed last Friday, officially starts his four-year term as Bok coach on Wednesday.

The 54-year-old De Villiers will be remembered as much for his outspoken comments off the field as for his work on it, and he told the Cape Times on Tuesday that he had fond memories of his time in charge of the Bok side.

“I’m alright, I feel totally alright. Learnt a lot. Very good times, very, very good times. Unbelievably good! There are no regrets,” De Villiers said.

“Everything I did, I thought long and hard about. I didn’t do anything impulsively. I approached the whole thing in a calculated manner. I maybe didn’t do what the people wanted me to do, but I did what was necessary to make my job successful.

“I think we achieved many more successes than people out there can see. The first thing is that, if you walk through the country and listen to how the whole country calls you ‘Coach’, then it shows you that you were not just the Springboks’ coach, but the country’s coach. If you look at how many people wear the rugby jersey when they didn’t before, then you can also measure success in that.”

De Villiers said that while he didn’t know Meyer, he would fully support the new Bok boss. “It wouldn’t be fair of me to comment on someone I don’t know. But what I can say is that it is a very difficult job that he finds himself in – extremely, extremely difficult,” he said. “And I wish him all the best, as he will need it!”

Asked how he would like Springbok supporters to remember him, De Villiers said: “I definitely think that I did make a good contribution. Not just to rugby, but to sport in our country. And that, for me, is already a blessing.

“It wasn’t without controversy, but what was important is that the controversy didn’t keep me back.”

Asked for a farewell message to the nation, De Villiers said: “We must fight for our country, we must fight for our rights. I don’t behave like a coloured; I don’t think like a coloured; I also don’t want other people to think that they are superior and think that we think of ourselves as superior; and if we can get that right, then we have gotten a lot right.”

He said his book would be released in June. “You will have to see what type of book it is – maybe it’s a romance novel!”

13 Responses to A final few words from Peter de Villiers

  • 1

    Cheers Snor… go well.

    Although you are a likable chap, you were a crappy coach, a media disaster and suffered from foot-in-mouth disease.

    I still wish you well, and I still say thank you for the fact that you tried to do your utmost for the Bokke.

    Wonder what lies ahead for you… will be interesting to see what you come up with.

    Tjorts!

  • 2

    grootblousmile wrote:

    I still wish you well, and I still say thank you for the fact that you tried to do your utmost for the Bokke.

    AMEN

  • 3

    I feel really sad of the way PdeV is treated now. Was it really his fault that he was picked in 2008? He applied just the same way as HM and others did. Surely he did not do it because he heard somewhere that it is now the time for a culard? He believed in himself and just like Heynecke Meyer he might have dreamed of this opportunity all his life.

    His record is not that bad. Yes bad in comparison to the All Blacks alone. Yes read it again ONLY the ABs.

    I know i was one who cried out loud that we MUST WIN every test and in that sense his win margin of around 60% is poor. But he lost most games against NZ and Australia , and some were very controversial. Sadly the man will remembered for his stats but certain stats will conveniently be disregarded. Stuff that was even highlighted by Bob Dwyer, not a SA friend.

    But reading comments in rugby articles make me sick and i can only feel sorry for my favorite coach Heynecke Meyer, with supporters like this , he will soon be in the sh#t.

    Whatever Peter try and say to support HM is always made of and turns into a attack against the man. Read his article on N24 and see how he make valid statements but then read the negative comments.

    SAD bunch us, maybe we deserve what we get.

    http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Springboks/Div-feels-sorry-for-Meyer-20120201

  • 4

    If you read the comments
    Just look at the votes for like the comment and do not like the comment

  • 5

    “Learnt a lot”….you were suppose to teach/coach. This was not suppose to be some learning experience for you, but for the players.

    “but I did what was necessary to make my job successful”…really?….did I miss something?

    “I think we achieved many more successes than people out there can see” …no, you took one a rugby world cup winning team….didn’t change much after that

    “The first thing is that, if you walk through the country and listen to how the whole country calls you ‘Coach’, then it shows you that you were not just the Springboks’ coach, but the country’s coach”…emm, people will call you docter, even though you’re a shite docter!!!….doesn’t mean your’re a good one. Same rule applies.

    Sorry, but so long and good riddance!! Remove this post if you feel it breaks the house rules, but another BEE failure!! Don’t tell me the best man got the job when he got appointed.

  • 6

    This article says “a final few words……” OK i will also have my last say.

    I might be provoked to say something again, and no i wont do the tribute about Peter de Villiers anymore, there is a majority here who feel he was JUST bad news for SA Rugby and i leave it there.

    Instead of MY tribute i leave you with a link to the Wikipedia page for Peter de Villiers, there you will find a mixture of thoughts about him. It starts-

    Peter de Villiers (born 3 June 1957 in Paarl) is a South African rugby union coach who was the coach of the South Africa national rugby union team. After his successes with South African U19 and U21 squads, de Villiers was named as the coach of South Africa’s national team, the Springboks in January 2008, the first-ever non-white to be appointed to the position.[1] He has since enjoyed such milestone successes as defeating the New Zealand All Blacks in Dunedin, a record victory over the Australian Wallabies that same year, a series victory over the British and Irish Lions and most recently the winning of the 2009 Tri Nations. He played scrum-half during the apartheid era, when the Springboks faced widespread international boycotts as the face of the white minority government, including exclusion from in the first two Rugby World Cup tournaments in 1987 and 1991. Following a 11–9 defeat to Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final, De Villiers stated that he will see out the rest of his contract that end in December 2011.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_de_Villiers

    So i just hope Peter gets another job and enjoy life after this.
    We will most certainly hear from him again because the press will certainly look for more snorisms, just hope he gets treated with the appropriate respect.
    Adios Peter
    Cheers.

  • 7

    6 @ superBul:
    Jinne ou grote, jy het darem hierdie Peter de Villiers waentjie gery en gery en gery…. en jy ry hom nog steeds.

    Niemand kan sê jy’s nie lojaal teenoor ou Petertjie nie.

    Jy het hom klaarblyklik heelhartig geniet en sy foute en domheid het vir jou gladnie saakgemaak of bestaan nie, wragtig, dis nou maar wors!

    Jy veroordeel en verwens seker heimlik 99.9% van alle SA Rugbyondersteuners wat hom nie gesien het as goeie coach nie, soveel so dat mens die absolute weersin wat jy dra teenoor sy afkrakers kan ruik, sien en aanvoel met ‘n stok!

    Jy is duidelik absoluut desperaat in jou vedediging van die man want jy gebruik ELKE MOONTLIKE FOKKEN geleentheid wat jy enigsins kan om sy lof te besing en ‘n positiewe perspektief te probeer plaas op die ou se tyd in beheer van die Bokke. Dis nou al ‘n obsessie wat in jou gewortel en getak is!

    Jy hoop sweerlik diep binne in jou wrokvertrapte hart ou Heyneke jaag hope en hope kak aan sodat jy vir ons kan sê, “Ja julle fokkers, ek het mos gesê julle sal verlang na Peter!”

  • 9

    Love him orhate him, PDV was always entertaining. As much as he made us mad, he did give some memorable moments. A win in Dunedin, whipping of the Aussies etc. I am personally happy that he has come to the end of tenure as coach, but I wish him well for the future.

  • 10

    “If you look at how many people wear the rugby jersey when they didn’t before, then you can also measure success in that.”
    ..
    agree

  • 11

    “He said his book would be released in June. “You will have to see what type of book it is – maybe it’s a romance novel!”
    ..
    Overjoy
    lekke djy!!!

  • 12

    Go well Peter. I have no doubt you gave it your best shot. I always supported you as the coach and certainly on your record you deserved the job….whether others were more deserving or not is just a matter of degrees and opinion.
    I did think you made two fundamental errors. Allowing the senior players to dictate the game plan proved to be wrong….and in fact goes against leadership principles and not having a media spokesperson denigrated you and the Springbok in the eyes of the world.
    What I did like about you is the nothing but positive and supportive comments that the players made about you as they knew you had their personal welfare and aspirations at heart also the fact that you always had a smile on your face and never displayed any kind of anger or discourtesy in the public eye….these qualities could be used by a lot of leaders.
    Good luck to you and your family. I am sure you will continue to coach somewhere, personally I think you would have terrific influence on young players so if SARU ever get their heads screwed on right and start the coaching clinics in the areas they should, I think you should head this up.


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