Peter departs on European mission

Peter de Villiers has left for Europe where he will meet with several top clubs and foreign-based Springboks.

De Villiers concluded his South African tour this Wednesday. The Bok coach was visiting each Super 14 franchise to convey a particular message. The World Cup Springboks currently have the inside lane going into the Super 14, but a good Super Rugby season may be rewarded with a national call up. De Villiers values the experience of senior players, but he is determined to acknowledge form as well.

The Bok coach will travel to several European clubs in an attempt to lure the top players back to South Africa. De Villiers has said he wants the likes of John Smit, Victor Matfield and Butch James playing in this country as it’s important to keep the World Cup-winners in the domestic systems as role models.