- Former Springbok rugby coach Peter De Villiers pulled no punches as he declared that he would be unable to support the team during the 2019 World Cup
- De Villiers’ stance is based on how the Springbok management team dealt with the racism row involving Eben Etzebeth
- The Bok lock was accused of racist behaviour and assault recently and De Villiers feels an internal investigation should have taken place
Former Springbok rugby coach Peter De Villiers is no stranger to controversy and his latest stance may have a polarising effect.
Although De Villiers previously coached the Boks at a World Cup tournament, he has vowed not to support the team at this year’s competition.
De Villiers’ stance is based on the Eben Etzebeth racism row that took place a few weeks ago.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on the claims that the Bok lock displayed racist behaviour and physically assaulted a man in Langebaan, Western Cape.
Etzebeth refuted the claims and the Springbok management team have supported their man by including him in the World Cup squad.
De Villiers spoke to Planet Rugby and feels this was the wrong approach.
De Villiers said, “I find it disappointing that black administrators at SA Rugby like Mark Alexander and Francois Davids have not done the right thing by launching an investigation and suspending the player until he has cleared his name.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that the approach led De Villiers to question SA Rugby’s stance on stamping out racism in the sport.
The former coach said, “I take allegations of racism personally because if you use racist words against the average man in the street, then you can easily use it against me as well.”
In conclusion, De Villiers added: “I therefore cannot support the Springboks at this year’s World Cup.”
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