Late flash: Saru apologise for De Villiers's comments

2009-06-30 00:00

SOUTH African Rugby Union president Regan Hoskins has apologised for comments made by Springbok coach Peter de Villiers following Saturday’s Test against the British Lions that appeared to give the impression that the organisation condones eye-gouging.

In a statement released late last night, Hoskins and De Villiers jointly condemned all acts of foul play.

“We would like to apologise to the rugby community for the erroneous impression that acts of foul play are in any way condoned by South African rugby,” said Hoskins. “Saru fully supports any action that the IRB feels appropriate to stamp out eye gouging in the game.”

De Villiers, who earlier yesterday had again defended Burger, did an about-turn.

“My comments were based on what I know of Schalk Burger as a player and not on what occurred. It was never my intention to suggest that I condone foul play — that is the last thing I would ever do and I apologise for creating any other impression.”

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