South African Rugby
De Villiers and SARU on collision course
September 5, 2010
Peter De Villiers is set to face a performance review © Getty Images
Springbok coach Peter De Villiers is set for a showdown with his South African Rugby Union (SARU) employers later this month at his annual performance review.
SARU will examine 'all aspects of Springbok performance' at the end of September, with speculation mounting that De Villiers will be shown the door after a dismal Tri-Nations campaign that drew to a close on Saturday with a 39-41 defeat to Australia. The result ensured that the Boks finished bottom of the table in this year's battle for southern hemisphere supremacy - just 12 months after claiming the title.
The panel will also consider the latest media storm sparked by De Villiers after he offered the squad's support to Bulls prop Bees Roux, who has been charged with the murder of police officer Johannes Mogale. Hoskins has since written to the family of the deceased in order to convey the union's condolences.
"All rugby followers are extremely disappointed with results in the Tri-Nations, as are the Springbok team and management, of course," SARU president Oregan Hoskins said. "We take the situation very seriously but there is a process in place and we will follow that through."
De Villiers also sparked controversy last month after alleging referees were showing bias towards New Zealand in a bid to win support for the All Blacks ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. But the out-spoken coach was later cleared of misconduct by SANZAR, the umbrella body that governs the Tri-Nations.