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Now we’re LOONY?!?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Admin, All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 4 Aug 2010 at 21:58
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LOONYLAND, otherwise known as the world of South African Rugby, delved deeper into the absurd yesterday when its president, Oregan Hoskins, labelled SANZAR’s disciplinary hearing over comments made by Springboks coach Peter de Villiers as ”a declaration of war by Australia and New Zealand against South Africa”.

Greg Growden reports for The Sydney Morning Herald that Hoskins’s comments came as the eccentric de Villiers admitted he was accustomed to being described as a ”clown” and amid growing speculation the Springboks coaching panel is divided and assistants Gary Gold and Dick Muir could be sacked soon.

The kerfuffle has been prompted by comments made by de Villiers on Australian television before the Brisbane Test last month when he suggested the Springboks were the victims of a conspiracy, with numerous refereeing decisions going the All Blacks’ way because they were hosting next year’s World Cup.

”I’ve got my own observations about the last two Tests and I can’t say it in public,” de Villiers said on the Fox Sports Rugby Club program. ”But we do have a World Cup in New Zealand next year and maybe it was the right thing for them to win the games so they can attract more people to the games next year.”

Several days later, South African officials issued a statement attempting to convince SANZAR and the general public that de Villiers had been misunderstood.

SANZAR nonetheless decided that the comments warranted de Villiers facing its judicial officer, Jannie Lubbe, in Cape Town on Friday on an alleged misconduct charge. South African newspapers yesterday reported that local officials were furious that de Villiers would have to appear before the judiciary, and Hoskins was quoted as saying: ”We are right behind Peter and will defend him to the hilt.”

South African officials have also questioned the motives of Australia and New Zealand.

Hoskins confirmed that de Villiers had promised in an ”informal discussion” that he would not make any more controversial remarks about referees. However, several South African newspapers have been reporting serious rifts within the coaching panel, with Rapport stating that Muir and Gold were facing ”possible dismissal”.

And the ”clown” issue has bobbed up once again. Former Wallaby Brendan Cannon was forced to publicly apologise for calling de Villiers a clown on air. And now de Villiers is using the term himself. On the South African Rugby Union’s official website, de Villiers responded to one fan query: ”As for the criticism, I have had it since before day one! But it goes with the territory – a winning Bok coach is a superman; a losing Bok coach is a ‘clown’, I’ve learnt to take both with a inch of salt.”


  • What a “clown” this guys is. 😕

    Can we have a whip around to collect some money for someone to tackle him while he is here on tour with the Aussies?

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.08.10 22:01:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • kerfuffle?

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.08.10 23:06:40 by Rahul Reply
  • I’m scared of clowns, do u guys remember ‘IT’ by Stephen King 😛

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.08.10 06:33:28 by Jarson Reply
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  • Every time I see an article related to SANZAR, or an article with P.Divvy rapping away, I cringe, I crinje, I crinje… Words have always been important, but in this day and age words are immense, and how you use them determines where you sit… (either alone at at McDonald’s with a happy meal, or with the top dogs… Words and actions = politics) SA are out gunned 2-1 in SANZAR presently, they may have financial clout, but they are a bunch of chops with a knack for the ridiculous and we are isolating ourselves as a result.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.08.10 07:25:30 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • I’ve learnt to take both with a inch of salt.”

    ….he keeps them coming, quality !…. a comic genuis ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.08.10 08:54:04 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 4) : The only way to turn all that around is to win games. Playing like clowns only ads to our position on the outside, sitting there next to Ronald McDonald.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.08.10 09:52:56 by rhineshark Reply
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  • once a CLOWN always a CLOWN no way around it 👿 gee that is why the AB hv won all the games is because thay want to attract the fans for the WC 2011what bull shit we lost because he is a clown and the circus is net te moeg vir die naar 👿 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.08.10 13:49:03 by chaz Reply

  • @Jarson (Comment 3) :

    When I was 11…and Nightmares on Elm Street. I’ve sworn off horrors as a result. 😳

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.08.10 17:58:59 by klempie Reply


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