Bok coach says he’s a ‘God-given talent’

2009-06-30 00:00

SPRINGBOK rugby coach Peter de Villiers was in a feisty mood as he faced the hostile, largely British media in Johannesburg yesterday, telling the gathering his is “a God-given talent”.

De Villiers again leapt to the defence of Springbok flank Schalk Burger, who has been suspended for eight weeks following eye-gouging allegations in the second Test, and said the incident was part of the game of rugby.

“Schalk is an honourable man. I have watched the TV footage and I am still convinced that he did not do anything on purpose. Even he was shocked when he watched it,” said De Villiers.

The Bok coach said he is not concerned about the newspaper criticism of him.

“I don’t care how I’m perceived in the media. You guys are only doing your job and I have no interest in it. But I’m so glad that there [is] so much interest in my job.”

When told yesterday that many regarded him as the weakest link in the Springbok team set-up, De Villiers replied:

“I’m not disappointed in them. I don’t need to react to opinions, but if I am the weakest link then we are bloody strong.

“I’m a God-given talent. I know what I am and don’t give a damn what other people think.”

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