Peter de Villiers.
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- The Eastern Province Rugby Union on Friday confirmed the appointment of new Springbok coach Peter De Villiers as the new EP Ali head coach.
- It was the 63-year-old’s first coaching job, which was cut by Zimbabwe last year.
- De Villiers coached Springbox in 2009 against the Lions in Britain and Ireland.
Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers The ninth has been appointed EP Ali The head coach was confirmed by the Eastern Provincial Rugby Union (EPRU) on Friday, following stiff competition for the post.
Although he coached Western Cape University between 2013 and 2015, “Dew” found it difficult to get coaches locally – perhaps accusing his former employers at Plateclough of “badly documenting” him.
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His last full-time job was as head coach of the Zimbabwe Rubber Association, which intensified after the Zimbabwe Rugby Union accused him of taking unauthorized leave from work in May 2019.
However, de Villiers was returning to his daughter, Odil Monk, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28 at the end of last year.
De Villiers struggled with a shortlist that included former annual trophy-winning coaches Jonathan Mokuana and Kevin Musikant, as well as former Bok coach Heinek Meyer’s former assistants Ricardo Lobscher and Dion Kaiser.
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De Villiers appreciated the opportunity to unite behind the EP Kings in the Eastern Cape, especially the Port Elizabeth region.
“Being the coach of EP has given us the opportunity to truly unite a divided community as one of the support team behind what is said to be the best team in the country,” De Villiers said in an EPRO statement.
“It will be a challenge. But with the participation of all stakeholders, we will be able to reach our goal.
“My plan for the union is that I need the great support of all stakeholders to build bridges and bring the right people together and make sure everyone understands what the collective goal is.”
“We will make sure we achieve our goals.”
Peter De Villiers’ Training Highlights and Controversies
- Head coach of Springbok from 2008 to 2011.
- Became the first black Springbok head coach in history.
- In 2009, Springboks won the series against Britain and the Irish Lions.
- Won the 2009 Tri-Nations with the box.
- Registration of public victories against all blacks in Dunedin and Hamilton.
- The SA Under-21 team led the team to the 2005 IRB World Championships.
- EX SA rugby president Oregon Hoskins said in 2008 that the only reason he was appointed was not because of rugby – and that a confirmation process was being considered.
- De Villiers became a Holman in 2008 with the tag of a “political appointment” to the Bock job.
- During his tenure, he became famous for a number of controversial ideas, including the defense of Schalke Burger’s sighting.
- In his (edited) autobiography, former boxer Beast Emtavira writes that De Villiers was “lucky to have a handful of great players.”
- Australia entered the boxing final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The 63-year-old holds the best record against any boxing coach in history against the All Blacks and has won five of the six meetings during his tenure.
He led the boxing team to their first victory of the century in Dunedin (Carisburg, 2008) and added a famous victory in 2009 in Hamilton.
His Springbox 2009 defeat of Britain and the Irish Lions 2-1 was without a doubt the biggest achievement of his career – something Box had not achieved since the 1980s.
In the same year, Box won the Tri-Nations for the third time in its history, with three rare victories against all blacks in a single calendar year.
He also recorded South Africa’s biggest win against England at Twickenham (42-6 in 2008) in 2008 and the highest margin of victory over the Wolves in 2008 at Ellis Park, 53-8.
It hung over him for four years in charge of a cloud called a “political appointment.”