Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Date set for Boks review

Peter de Villiers

South Africa coach Peter de Villiers will come face to face with his employers later this month for a review of the performances of his embattled team.

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) have confirmed an evaluation of the national team and its head coach will take place on September 28.

The Springbok boss is facing mounting criticism in the wake of a mediocre 2010 campaign, in which the world champions lost five out of 10 Test matches.

James Stoffberg, head of SARU's technical committee and vice-president of the union, confirmed they will meet with De Villiers in Johannesburg at the end of the month.

"For anyone that has anything to do with South African rugby, high performance is very important," he said.

"Sport is about winning. The Springboks are now third on the world rankings.

"We are very serious about putting in place a support base to enable South Africa to win next year's World Cup tournament."

He continued: "It's easier to become champions than to stay champions.

"South Africa did not have a good Tri-Nations. If you aren't evaluated, you won't be able to identify where you are going wrong.

"Rugby is a team game and you can't blame one person for a defeat."

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