Saturday 10 December 2016

South Africa supremo in his own words . . .

Published 04/11/2010 | 05:00

"What we try to tell them is, when you point your finger into the sky, don't concentrate on the finger because you'll miss all the heavenly glory out there. Concentrate on the heavenly glory you can bring and make yourselves so fulfilled."

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Spiritual motivation.

"I'll tell them talk is cheap and money buys the whiskey."

A different kind of spiritual motivation.

"He was hit in the larynx and that's why he had to come off. He was sounding like me."

The squeaky one explains a premature substitution of prop CJ van der Linde.

"I know dancing is also a contact sport, but rugby is far from dancing. If you want to run with the big dogs then sometimes you have to lift your leg."

Get my drift?

"If you are going to complain about every incident, we might as well go to a ballet shop and all get tutus."

Inscribed on the Christmas card he sends Luke Fitzgerald every year.

"What I learned in South Africa is, if you take your car to a garage and the owner is black or a black man, and they mess it up, you never go back to that garage. If the owner is white, you say, sorry, they made a mistake and you go back again."

A career in politics awaits.

"It's like if somebody dies in a car accident. You just replace them."

Injuries are part and parcel of sport. Not the way Declan Kidney would have explained it.

"We played kak."

Simple is sometimes best.

"You can give a hungry child a fish and feed him for one day, or you can teach him to fish and he can feed himself for the rest of his life."

Empowerment rules.

"There's little difference between winning and losing, except you feel better after winning."

As eloquent as a Premiership coach.

"The same people who threw their robes on the ground when Jesus rode on a donkey were the same people who crowned him and hit him with sticks. You have to look at history as repeating itself. And I'm not saying that I'm God."

Take that, critics!

"Rugby players are very selfish people. They don't have any feeling. They just look after themselves and their interests."

Roy Keane was right. Players are pieces of meat.

"We talk about murderers and gangsters. Our biggest gang is newspaper reporters. They spread lies and murder people without knowing it."

That's the last straw ... er, maybe he has a point ... we'll end it here, right?

Irish Independent

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