Far from perfect for PDV

Springbok head coach Peter de Villiers may have led his side to victory over the Lions but he is still facing criticism from his fellow countrymen. [more]

Far from perfect for PDV

Springbok head coach Peter de Villiers may have led his side to victory over the Lions but he is still facing criticism from his fellow countrymen.

De Villiers, who took over from Jake White in January 2008, coached the world champions to a 2-1 series win against Britain and Ireland’s elite this summer yet the South African public and even the South African Rugby Union do not seem entirely satisfied.

According to South African newspaper Rapport, de Villiers passed his performance review with the SARU last week, but not without being made to explain a number of controversial statements.

The former Baby Boks supremo made headlines for his comments surrounding Schalk Burger’s suspension for making contact with the eye area of Luke Fitzgerald but Rapport also suggests his employers queried his team selections, use of tactical substitutions and an apparent focus on the policy of transformation which involves picking players of colour.

De Villiers, who is thought to have taken the criticisms on board, was requested to speak Afrikaans rather than English at future press conferences in order to express himself fully, while he was also warned about making political or religious comments when discussing South African rugby.

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