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Wed Apr 16 12:15:04 SAST 2014

SA rugby 'too white', says former Springbok coach

Sapa | 19 September, 2012 09:265 Comments
Peter de Villiers
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

By making the Springbok team too white, black South Africans were being alienated from the sport and the team, which was divisive for the country, former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said in an internet radio interview.

“We have to know what country we’re living in, and at the moment we’re turning a lot of black people against us by making the team white,” he told Ballz Radio earlier this week.

De Villiers did not want to comment on the Springbok team’s recent performance, as he said he had not watched the team lose their match against the All Blacks 21-11 in Dunedin, New Zealand last week, Beeld reported. 

“People don’t want to talk [about race], but I have to... we’re breaking up the country, and damaging a sport that we all love,” De Villiers said.

He did not want to comment on current Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s selections for the team, but said that the best players should be sent onto the field.

“I don’t want to comment on his team selections, but I do know that you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results.” 

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Thank you Peter, I have said this for a long time now. SA rugby is too white to be a "Rainbow Nation" team.
Does that mean that Bafana Bafana is too black?
When will the time come when race does not become an issue? Hopefully on an international level; people should abstain from race issues and quotas. The coach should have the final say on the team selection.
What a nasty, bigoted, ugly racist. He should be fired immediately - racists like him should be prosecuted.

Sep 19, 2012
Fired? You must be talking about Heyneke Meyer, because Peter de Villiers is no longer employed as Bok coach.
(pity that, because he knows how to beat the All Blacks in Dunedin!)