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Div’s UWC starts with a bang in Varsity Shield

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Peter de Villiers made a winning start to his Varsity Shield career as his FNB UWC hammered FNB TUT 42-4 in their opening match of this year’s Varsity Shield.

Terug na stap nul

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Kan dit waar wees? Kan twee afrigters van totale teenoorgestelde pole hulle in dieselfde posisie vind op dieselfde stadium van hulle loopbane?

The difference between winning and losing

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He is only going into his 6th test as Springbok coach having yet to taste defeat, but Heyneke Meyer already finds himself under enormous pressure in the lead up to the test against Australia this weekend.

Saluting PDV

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So the most colourful character in South African rugby in recent history, Peter de Villiers, is back in the saddle.

Meyer about to face his biggest test

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It might be a strange thing to say, but Heyneke Meyer is about to be tested in a way he has never been tested in before during his career as a professional coach, and it won’t be on a rugby field.

SARU left it too late – PDV

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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says the SA Rugby Union (SARU) left the appointment of the new national coach too late.

“Keep Divvy” – Naas

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Springbok rugby legend Naas Botha on Monday said he saw no reason why current coach Peter de Villiers could not remain part of the Bok set up.

PDV on shortlist for Bok job

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The South African Rugby Union (SARU) will approach a shortlist of preferred candidates in the process to appoint a Springbok coach, the Executive Council of SARU announced on Thursday.

PDV will apply for Bok job

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Peter de Villiers says he will definitely apply for the Springbok coaching job should applications be asked for after his current tenure comes to an end next month.

White: ‘Blame SA Rugby’ & more criticism of RWC refs

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Current Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, received some sympathy from an unlikely source – World Cup winning coach Jake White.

PDV quits as Bok coach

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Peter de Villiers called it quits as South Africa coach after the reigining champions lost a World Cup quarterfinal to Australia on Sunday.

‘I made an error’ – PDV

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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has admitted that he made a mistake by not giving many of his young players a chance at an earlier stage.

Re-arranging deckchairs

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While the news coming out of the Bok camp seem positive, you have to ask what prompted such drastic changes?

Third Bok training camp cancelled

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The second national training camp concluded in Durban today with news that the third camp has been cancelled due to possible Super Rugby committments involving SA teams.

Ready to take on the world

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Peter de Villiers is ready to take on the world with Rassie and Derik at his side, reports Stephen Nell.

News (Wed): Ricky off to France?

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Smit boosts confidence

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News24 columnist, Gary Boshoff, believes the Springboks will go to the World Cup with confidence given the announcement as Smit and Matfield as the leaders of the squad.

When the bed you made becomes uncomfortable

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It is becoming increasingly obvious that Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, is starting to push the panic buttons.

Blind loyalty?

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It might be his biggest strength, but at what point does it become his greatest weakness? 

Back the exceptional

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Peter de Villiers was quoted recently saying he will have to make some tough selection decisions in this Rugby World Cup year, the toughest of these, will be who wears the number 10 jersey.

P.Divvy is a worried man

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Adnaan Mohamed caught up with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers a couple of days before he names his first training group.

A poor Fourie is still the best scrummie

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The fact that Fourie du Preez is operating at just 30% of his ability but still the best scrumhalf in South Africa speaks volumes of his value to the Boks.

Will we learn from RWC 1999?

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John Smit is being done a massive disservice at the moment, one that could spell disaster and cost him the Springbok captaincy for the Rugby World Cup later this year.

Mindless mindsets

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I hope this is a joke. No seriously, I hope that Peter de Villiers was sarcastic in his interview in the build up to the Baa-baa’s test.

Brains will always beat passion

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The true measure of any coach is what he falls back on when the chips are down.

Hospital job will lead to Bok trauma

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The Grand Slam dream is over.  The one thing that could have redeemed the Boks and its management came to an embarrassing end on Saturday as the Springboks went down to the Scots, and as my three-year old would say; ‘Now what now?”

God-given flop

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“I’m a God-given talent; I’m the best I can ever be. So what you think doesn’t bother me. I know what I am and I don’t give a damn.”

Div to unleash young guns

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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers may well unleash some of the young stars in his touring party on Scotland in Saturday’s rugby test at Murrayfield.

DIV faces some tough questions from fans

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Peter de Villiers took some time out before the End of the Year tour to face some tough questions from Springbok rugby fans.

When reality bites

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I listened with interest to Peter de Villiers over the weekend following the announcement of Victor Matfield to captain the Springboks on how he has to live in the real world.

Expert cautions P. Divvy on his tour plans

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A recent report suggested that following the contracted Springboks’ conditioning program, Peter de Villiers might reconsider his plans to rest some senior Springboks and include them on the End of the Year tour in November.

Innovative thinking can avoid Bok crisis

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Is Bok rugby heading towards a crisis?  Well given that De Villiers is seemingly scrambling to get experts on-board and all of them are turning him down, it seems we are getting pretty close.

Anyone out there?

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JJ Harmse in his Sport24 column looks at the dire situation Peter de Villiers and Springbok rugby find themselves in.

De Villiers keeps his job

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Although full details of the meeting between SA Rugby and Peter de Villiers will only be announced tomorrow, it seems clear De Villiers’ job is safe.

Metro was advised of change of visit

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SA Rugby has advised all European Clubs who were scheduled for visits from Springbok management of a change of plans.

John Smit out for rest of the year

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Springbok captain John Smit has officially been ruled out of the End of Year Grand Slam Tour as he is recovering from an operation.

Nothing that can’t be fixed

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How does a team that came of such a high in 2009 hit such a low in 2010, more importantly, can it be fixed?

‘These are the Bok problems’ – Jake

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Former Springbok coach Jake White believes the warning lights are flickering for Bok rugby.

‘Give me Div’s job’ – White

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Jake White wants his old job back – but only as an interim measure to help get Springbok rugby back on track before handing over to his former assistant, Allister Coetzee, after 2011.

Bok season review later this month

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The annual review of the Springboks’ performance in the Vodacom Tri-Nations will be scheduled as per normal with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers for later this month. The review will include all aspects of Springbok performance.

Div digging himself a grave

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Rob Houwing from Sport24 believes Peter de Villiers will be the master of his own demise.

Bismarck best served playing at Union

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Peter de Villiers believes that Bismarck will be much better served getting a full 80 minutes of rugby at the Sharks than 30 or 40 with the Boks this weekend.

De Villiers determined to sort Steyn mess out

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Frans Steyn is back in the Springbok squad. The young fullback, who last featured in the Test against Wales in early June, rejoined the squad from Paris yesterday.

One tackle breaks 90 000 hearts

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South African captain John Smit was left ruing a missed tackle which saw New Zealand grab a last-minute victory in their Tri-Nations encounter in Soweto on Saturday.

SARPA calls for SANZAR circus to end

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The South African Player’s Association has called on the SANZAR partners to stop their threats of dissolving the partnership.

Div to intervene in Mapoe saga

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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers wants to intervene in the Lionel Mapoe saga.

Div lays down the law

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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has laid down the law when it comes to team discipline ahead of Saturday’s massive Vodacom Tri-Nations test against the All Blacks.

The Steyn situation – PDV is not the bad guy

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In his latest newsletter Mark Keohane, a sports journalist who at one stage was part of the Springbok setup under Rudolps Straeuli believes the current situation surrounding Frans Steyn can only be resolved by one person, Frans Steyn.

De Villiers takes swipe at WP

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“It is a pity if coaches that could have served their country are not allowed to do it. What makes it worse is that we may now have to look to a foreigner to do the job.”

Charge against PDV dismissed

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The charge against Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has been dismissed.