Sport Rugby

Tuesday 20 February 2018

DE villiers to stay at helm

Peter De Villiers will remain as South Africa coach until at least the end of the next year's World Cup, after a meeting with his employers in Johannesburg.

The under-fire Springboks boss had faced mounting criticism in the wake of a mediocre 2010 campaign in which the world champions lost five out of 10 Test matches.

The defeats came in the Tri Nations, where the Boks, who were defending their title, had their worst display in the competition's 15-year history.

South Africa face a gruelling Grand Slam tour to Europe later this year, which begins with a Test against Ireland on November 6.

"It was a frank meeting but a positive one," James Stoffberg, chairman of the South African Rugby Union's rugby committee and vice-president of the Union, said.

It was expected that De Villiers' off-field behaviour would be examined during the meeting.

Comments about referees during the early part of the Tri Nations led to him being hauled before a SANZAR hearing, while more recently he showed support for Bees Roux -- the Bulls player arrested and charged with the killing of a Pretoria policeman.

"We have thoroughly reviewed all our systems," said De Villiers. "We know there are areas in which we must improve and we will be focusing on those in the remainder of the season."

Irish Independent

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