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‘I’ve never had a fall out with Peter de Villiers’


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Eastern Cape Rugby boss Cheeky Watson said in an interview with OFM Sport on Monday morning, following allegations reported in the Sondag newspaper that he had a fall out with the Springbok coach and referred to him as a “baboon who does not know what he is doing”.

Watson did not confirm or deny the allegation in his radio interview.

“I don’t need to chat to Peter (about this). We are always in contact with each other. So I would imagine he will treat it with the contempt it deserves,” said Watson.

The newspaper reported the comments were allegedly made at a meeting of the EP Legends in Port Elizabeth on December 10 last year when “a heated discussion had taken place over why De Villiers wanted to play a Spingbok Test in Soweto when members of the meeting felt it should have been played in Port Elizabeth.”

Watson said he thought it was a great achievement by De Villiers to become the first black Bok coach. “And I think he has made us proud.”

Watson was also apparently served with a notice of court proceedings for defamation after he attacked SA Rugby’s regional manager, Godfrey Afrika, in an Eastern Cape newspaper this week, in which he accused him of trying to destabilise the region.


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