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De Villiers to re-apply for Springbok coaching job


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South African Rugby coach Peter de Villiers says that he will re-apply for the Springbok coaching position after his contract expires next month.

De Villiers created confusion after the Springboks were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup when he said that his time with the Springboks had come to an end.

However on arival back in South Africa he denied that he had resigned and said that the Rugby World Cup loss was the last fixture for the Springboks in his contract period.

“When I signed in 2008 I signed until the end of 2011, I always knew that, so it had to be the end of the road for me in terms of what I was contracted to do,” De Villiers told SuperSport

“To me there was no confusion, and I don’t see myself as fighting with anybody – I was contracted for four years, and the four years is now over. I always knew that would be the case. “

“My attitude has always been that no-one has the right to be Bok coach, that it is a caretaker position. “

“After December I am not Bok coach anymore. That is not a problem to me, that was always going to be the case.

“There were no more games for the Boks this year after the quarterfinal, so as far as the public were concerned, the World Cup quarterfinal was the end of my stint as Bok coach. That is what I was trying to say.”

Since then there has been much speculation over who should coach the Springboks but most of the top candidates have already ruled themself out of the running with the exception of Western Province and Stormers coach Allister Coetzee who is considered by most to be the favourite.

After leading the Springboks for four years De Villiers says that he still has the credentials to continue if the South African Rugby Union want him to.

“Not winning the World Cup makes me feel like there is unfinished business, that the story isn’t finished, ” he told SuperSport.

“So if they call for applications for the Springbok job I will definitely apply for it. Why not? “

“I have enjoyed doing the job and it was a privilege for me to serve my country.”

“If I apply and my application is not accepted that is fine, I will accept what is good for South African rugby and move on. The next coach will have my full support.”

De Villiers said that his desire to continue as Springbok coach has been heightened as the Springboks exited the Rugby World Cup earlier than expected.

“I don’t want to make excuses. We got knocked out and as I said when we got back from overseas, a quarterfinal defeat wasn’t good enough and we failed the nation. “

“But what was so frustrating was that we appeared to be peaking at the right time, and there was still room for further growth. I feel the story has been left unfinished,” he said.

“I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but you learn from those mistakes, and I believe that I have learned sufficiently that if I was to get a chance to do it again, I wouldn’t make those same mistakes again.

“When you first take the job there is so much that is new, there is so much you have to get used to in terms of international rugby and the Springbok culture.”

“I believe I have something to offer, but that would be up to Saru to decide.”

“I am just saying I am available and will apply for the job if applications are asked for. I love serving my country.”

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