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’swebsite.
“My feeling is that SA Rugby now need to take time to reflect 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.
White then redirected the blame on the doorstep of SARU, clearly not doing much to help their already strained relationship.
“This World Cup was lost by SA Rugby with the decisions they made four years ago.”
White went onto say that a winning mentality has to be instilled in the next wave of Bok hopefuls as a clean slate has now been handed to them and saluted those who has walked the same shoes he once walked in.
“And as I sit back with a whiskey and soda highball and raise a silent toast to all Springbok coaches, I have to ask myself one prickly question: Why is it the coaches always take the flak?
“Some things do change, but the more they change, the more they stay the same.”
Bok conditioning coach hits out at ref’s boss Paddy O’Brien
Conditioning coach Neels Liebel is the first person from the Springboks’ setup to vent anger at the referee’s at the Rugby World Cup.
Liebel, who has been the Bok conditioning coach under Peter de Villiers for the last four years, is normally a quiet and controlled individual. However, his frustrations appear to have gotten the better of him this time round.
He seems to believe IRB referee’s boss, Paddy O’Brien, should not have appointed New Zealander Lawrence as the referee in the Boks’ clash against Australia. Liebel also implies that having a South African referee (Craig Joubert) for the semi-final, somehow favoured the All Blacks against the Wallabies.
“Thank you Paddy O’Brain (sic), you won the World Cup for New Zealand,” he wrote. “Give the Boks a Kiwi ref and the Aussies v NZ a SA ref. A set up for Kiwi success…”