White: ‘I sympathise with Div’

2011-10-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN – Former Springbok and World Cup-winning coach Jake White has expressed the sympathy he feels for Bok coach Peter de Villiers after the Boks’ exit last weekend.

“I have a great deal of sympathy for Bok coach Peter de Villiers. The expectations of a nation just add to the heavy load the man had to carry,” White wrote in his column on Rugby XV’s website.

“My feeling is that SA Rugby now need to take time to reflect on what happened and not to blame De Villiers for their own failings.”

He pointed out that de Villiers never got the support he needed and it played a huge role in whether he would have been successful or not.

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