I deserve a big medal, Div tells MPs in World Cup briefing

2011-08-03 00:00

CAPE TOWN — He deserves a medal after four years as Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers said yesterday.

De Villiers and SA Rugby Union (Saru) CEO Jurie Roux were in Parliament to inform the portfolio committee on sport and recreation about preparations for next month’s Rugby World Cup tournament.

De Villiers said the coaching team did an excellent job of forging players from different unions with different game patterns into the team.

He outlined plans for winning the World Cup, as well as some of the team’s weaknesses, strengths and what they see as threats.

He described one of the weaknesses as an inability to deliver the knockout punch.

“We need a killer instinct,” he said

MPs grilled De Villiers and Saru about the Springboks’ defeats during the Tri-Nations rugby tour of Australia and New Zealand.

They repeatedly asked why the best team stayed at home, accusing De Villiers of persisting with players whose game is not up to scratch.

De Villiers stressed that team selections have never been motivated by sentiment and that experience, leadership and “class” were critical.

“We first decide what we want before we look at the names … There has never been a sentimental selection,” De Villiers said.

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