Wed. Jul 17th, 2019

Peter de Villiers: Reliving his most epic quotes

peter de villiersPeter de Villiers has thrown his weight behind Patricia de Lille’s presidential campaign, and we reckon a role as party spokesperson would be perfect.

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Before Steve Komphela, former Springboks coach was the go-to man when it came to the outrageous quote or two.

Currently coaching Zimbabwe’s national team, “Div” boasted a respectable win percentage of 63% during his tenure with the Boks, placing him amongst the most successful men to lead the green and gold.

The 61-year-old has resurfaced in his birth country once more, but in political colours, as he pledged allegiance to the Good party, led by Patricia de Lille.

Given his way with words, we reckon a gig as party spokesperson would be perfect.

Peter de Villiers quotes

After his most successful season

The first year of de Villiers’ tenure yielded indifferent returns but in 2009, he found the winning formula as the Boks lost just one en route to the Tri-Nations title.

Determined to keep the victories coming, he churned out this gem;

We are very organised at the moment. We do not want to become a fruit salad.”

Peter de Villiers

On his appointment

Upon assuming duty as Springbok coach, De Villiers did not show his hand straight away, as he kicked things off with a few soundbites so far-removed from what we would come to expect from him.

“I always knew I was destined for something big – but I did not realise it would be this big. Whatever job I did I always excelled at it, and quickly. Time is not a concern to me and I will work 24 hours to get a job done, knowing hard work is always rewarded.”

Peter de Villiers

On self-love

The South African rugby-loving public had a love-hate relationship with the man, and in one of his first interviews as Bok coach, he made it clear he did not care what people thought of him, as long as he was on good terms with himself.

“I have got a job to do. I think I am a strong individual, a strong character. I do not care what people think about me. I do not care what people say about me. It is what I think about me and myself – and I love myself a lot.”

Peter de Villiers

On his character

Never change, Div!

“I will not change my style. If I change my style I will change Peter de Villiers and then I would have to tell God that he made a mistake when he made me.” 

Peter de Villiers

On Dan Carter

We promise you, he was quizzed about the legendary All Blacks flyhalf here.

“I know dancing is also a contact sport, but rugby is far from dancing. If you want to run with the big dogs then sometimes you have to lift your leg”.

Peter de Villiers

On his rivals

Peter de Villiers is one of very few coaches who could confidently say they had the mighty All Blacks’ number.

During his tenure, his main rival was Sir Graham Henry, who would lead the Kiwis to their second World Cup triumph in 2011.

Div had some words to say about his counterpart.

“Graham Henry is a good coach, but he is like me… he has a big mouth.”

Peter de Villiers

On eye-gouging

During the British and Irish Lions tour of 2009, legendary loose forward Schalk Burger landed in hot water after he was caught eye-gouging Ireland centre Luke Fitzgerald.

The flanker caught flak from all corners for his indiscretion, but not from his coach, who felt fingers on eyeballs were all part of the game.

“Why don’t we go to the nearest ballet shop, get some tutus and get aa dancing shop going? There will be no eye-gouging, no tackling, no nothing and we will enjoy it.”

Peter de Villiers

On the difference between winning and losing

Perhaps stating the obvious, but P. Div-style…

“There is little difference between winning and losing except you feel better after winning.”

Peter de Villiers

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