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De Villiers stays at Boks helm

Peter de Villiers will remain as South Africa coach until at least the end of the next year's World Cup following a meeting with his employers in Johannesburg.

The under-fire Springboks boss had faced mounting criticism in the wake of a mediocre 2010 campaign in which the world champions lost five out of 10 Test matches. All those defeats came in the recently-concluded Tri-Nations.

But the South African Rugby Union confirmed the talks were positive, with all the focus now shifting towards helping the coach turn around the team's fortunes.

"It was a frank meeting but a positive one," said James Stoffberg, chairman of SARU's rugby committee and vice-president of the union.

"The results of the Springbok team are of paramount importance to our organisation, and everyone in the room was committed to providing the team with the best conditions in which to succeed."

South Africa face a gruelling Grand Slam tour to Europe later this year, which begins with a Test against Ireland in Dublin on November 6.

De Villiers added: "It was a very helpful process as we have thoroughly reviewed all our systems.

"We know there are areas in which we must improve and we will be focusing on those in the remainder of the season."

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