De Villiers up for Bok challenge

Jobless SA U21 coach Pieter de Villiers is ready to take over from Jake White.

De Villiers has been linked to take over from White, should the latter leave for the job in England, but said it was news to him on his return from France on Tuesday. “That is the first I have heard of that,” De Villiers said.

When pushed though De Villiers said he would be prepared to take over if needed. “Of course. It would be great to move on and would be a dream come true. I would definitely be prepared to do that.”

De Villiers doubles as coach of the now defunct Southern Spears, which means he and three SA U21 players do not have a team to come back to. The players, flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie, scrumhalf Warren Malgas and No 8 Ashley Johnson have nowhere to play this weekend.

De Villiers said he is expecting a phone call to clear up some of the confusion later today. Although disappointed at losing to the French, the coach remained upbeat. “I think we can consider it a successful tour overall.”

While the team was in France, the Spears team was also kicked out of the Absa Currie Cup after earlier being dumped from the Vodacom Super 14.

“We never read any papers while we were in France so we don’t really know what has been going on,” De Villiers said. Well since they have been in France playing with pride and passion, the senior Boks crashed to ignominious defeat to the French at Newlands. Then the Spears saga has left rugby officials on both sides with egg on their faces.

By Andrew Hollely, at Joburg International Airport