South Africa coach Peter de Villiers will face a disciplinary hearing on Friday this week, charged with misconduct after comments made on Australian television.
Having just taken back-to-back drubbings by the All Blacks, de Villiers – affectionately known as ‘Div’ in some quarters – implied that leniency was deliberately shown towards the All Blacks by the referee.
He claimed, “I’ve got my own observations about the last two Tests, and maybe I can’t say it in public, but we do have a World Cup in New Zealand next year and maybe it was the right thing for them to win the games so they can attract more people to the games next year.”
‘Maybe I can’t say it in public’ – no, you can’t, but you did!
He has also described himself as a ‘clown’ this week in a South African rugby magazine, stating that a winning Boks coach is a superman, whilst a losing coach is a clown.
His employers are conducting a performance review at the same time, since the Boks’ defence of their Tri-Nations crown has petered out so spectacularly, but I can’t see them changing things before the World Cup next year.
Here are a few other classic quotes from de Villiers:
“If we want to eye-gouge any Lions we will go down to the bushveld like we do and eye- gouge them there.”
“If we are going on like this, why don’t we go to the nearest ballet shop, get some tutus and get a dancing shop going? There will be no eye-gouging, no tackling, no nothing and we will enjoy it.”
“The same people who threw their robes on the ground when Jesus rode on a donkey were the same people who crowned him and hit him with sticks, and were the same people who said afterwards how we shouldn’t have done that, he’s the son of God. So that’s exactly what we do. You have to look at history as repeating itself. And I’m not saying that I’m God.”
“The small things like judicial hearing will not take away the fact that we won. Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk won the Nobel Peace Prize. No matter what they did wrong in their lives, no one can take away the fact that they won it.”
“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.”
“I won’t change my style, if I change my style I will change Peter de Villiers, and then I would have to tell God that he made a mistake when he made me,”
“We are very organised at the moment, we don’t want to become a fruit salad…”
Thanks to SARugby.com for the quotes.