De Villiers alleges SA Rugby vendetta

Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has alleged that members of the South African Rugby Union paid Boland to remove his name from consideration for the head coaching job last year.

It emerged last October that De Villiers could be a frontrunner to take over at Boland after Brent Janse van Rensburg resigned in mysterious circumstances.

However, in an interview with Jo’burg PM, De Villiers alleged that there were sinister means behind his removal from contention to coach Boland.

‘They will never allow me to go to any rugby union in South Africa. What I heard very early last year is that people from Saru paid Boland actually, or offered them money not to even consider me… I heard it from a very good source.’

De Villiers said he would have been keen to consider the job, and believed he could have benefited the players at Boland.

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