Peter de Villiers, the former Springboks coach, as lashed out on his former employers at SA Rugby saying that they blacklisted him and they did not want him to get future employment anywhere.
Earlier this month Peter de Villiers was confirmed as the new coach for Zimbabwe. He was given the huge role to resurrect Zimbabwe’s rugby, and he has taken the opportunity to launch a scathing attack on SA Rugby.
“When I was the first choice for the (Zimbabwe) job I was phoned by the Zimbabwe Rugby Union who told me that SA Rugby phoned them to say I was blacklisted in South Africa and they can’t appoint me,” he revealed to South Africa’s eNuus.
“After I was appointed, USA Rugby phoned them and said they never knew I was available. So somewhere someone spread rumours that I was not available…”
An onerous task has been thrust on De Villiers to help Zimbabwe reach the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. If successful, this will be Zimbabwe’s first appearance since 1991, where they lost all their three group matches when the tournament was held in England.
Peter de Villiers seems to be unforgiving towards SA Rugby. “When Boland wanted to make me coach, someone from SA Rugby offered them R2 million not to appoint me, and a union like that cannot afford to say no to that sort of money,” De Villiers said.
He is thus delighted to be at the helm for Zimbabwe’s rugby. “I am so glad to be the new Zimbabwe coach, it gave me comfort because I am not welcome in my own country, so I am leaving. The first thing I will do when I get to Zimbabwe is sing the national anthem, because they want me there. The Springboks don’t want me.”
During his tenure as Springbok coach, De Villiers won five out of 11 Tests against the All Blacks – a better record than most Bok coaches in recent times.
Other notable achievements for De Villiers as Bok coach was a Tri-Nations win in 2009, as well as a series win over the British and Irish Lions that same year.
SA Rugby denied all these allegations, but wished him well in his new job.