De Villiers apologises for outburst

2008-09-12 00:00

Springbok rugby coach Peter de Villiers has apologised for his recent outburst when he threatened to resign from his post and “give the job back to the whites”.

De Villiers’ apology follows a meeting with Saru president Oregan Hoskins in Durban yesterday.

Hoskins, in an SA Rugby media release said yesterday that the pair enjoyed an excellent meeting in which issues were frankly and honestly addressed.

Hoskins expressed Saru’s support for De Villiers in the event of legal action against media organisations who have continued to repeat the defamatory allegations against the Springbok coach.

Hoskins said that those allegations placed the coach under intensely personal and unwarranted public pressure, which led to an understandable outburst from De Villiers.

However, De Villiers accepted and apologised for the offence caused and the implications of his emotional suggestion.

Hoskins and De Villiers will not be available to comment on the matter further, said the statement.

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