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That’s One Giant Leap Back for Springbok Rugby – Peter de Villiers’ Views on the World Cup Squad

Politically IncorrectPeter de Villiers, former Springbok rugby coach and author of Politically Incorrect: The Autobiography, has been called on far and wide to comment on current coach Heyneke Meyer’s selection for the world cup squad.

Of the 31 players Meyer selected for the squad, only nine are black. De Villiers regards this as a step backwards that will make it difficult to win support for the national team.

Wendell Roelf wrote an article for Rand Daily Mail about the issues of race and transformation that currently plague world cup rugby, and asked De Villiers for his opinion about the matter.

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“You can have the best Ferrari, but if there is a roadblock and road works, you can’t go any further until you remove it,” he said. Players such as flyhalf Elton Jantjies and centre Lionel Mapoe had proven themselves during the Super 15 rugby competition between South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, but were still not being given enough opportunities, he said.

“Transformation is being stopped by having all the white coaches there to push an agenda to stop it. They stopped a natural evolution of transformation, they never let it go on to become great and we would never have had this problem now,” De Villiers told Reuters.

De Villiers spoke to Sakina Kamwendo on her SAfm show The Forum@8 about the issue of transformation in sport:

 

 
The former springbok coach was also featured on Tim Modise’s Power FM show about Meyer (the interview with De Villiers starts at 4:40):

 

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