Quotes by and about Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.
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Why he lost respect for Luke Watson
"When I did bring Luke into the team at the start of my stint as Springbok coach, a lot of water had already flowed under the bridge. Luke was at a disadvantage of what had happened in the Jake era, as the players knew that he had been forced upon the team squad as player number 46. I was disappointed with Luke when he refused to cooperate with some of the senior players when they did open themselves to him. On a few occasions Victor Matfield and John Smit tried to involve Luke in their team discussions. 'What do you think about that idea Luke? Do you think it would work? they would ask him. Luke would say: 'I am just here to observe'. His attitude made me change my mind about him."
The Mandela of rugby
"I managed to unite more people in this country. I don't want to bring Mandela in here, but I think I was the Mandela of rugby ... I brought hope to people, to motivate them and encourage them to learn."
On being misunderstood
"I don't care if people don't understand me. It's not my duty to say directly to your face that you're ugly, I say you aren't pretty and if you can't read between the lines then it's not my problem. There's no pill for stupid"
On South Africans
“We do understand going to the world that people don’t keep South Africans in high regard. They look down on us and think we’re a bunch of hooligans and that there are elephants running in the street. You can see it when referees make decisions ... it’s always a kind of biased thing.”
Reacting to news that there is an alleged sex tape of him:
“I think I should walk away from this job and give it back to the whites.”
On the Boks' prospects at the 2011 World Cup:
"In our group we are expecting tough games from Tonga and Fiji." - Tonga are not in the Boks' group.
Following Schalk Burger’s banning during the Lions series:
"If we want to eye-gouge any Lions we will go down to the bushveld like we do and eye- gouge them there."
"If we are going on like this, why don't we go to the nearest ballet shop, get some tutus and get a dancing shop going? There will be no eye-gouging, no tackling, no nothing and we will enjoy it."
"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"
“If I lie in hospital and I hear they are putting someone’s head back on that was ripped off by Schalk then I’d say: ‘That’s Schalk, he plays aggressive but he’s not malicious’”
"What we try to tell them is when you point your finger into the sky, don't concentrate on the finger because you'll miss all the heavenly glory out there. Concentrate on the heavenly glory you can bring and make yourselves so fulfilled."
His philosophy on winning:
"There's little difference between winning and losing, except you feel better after winning."
"The same people who threw their robes on the ground when Jesus rode on a donkey were the same people who crowned him and hit him with sticks, and were the same people who said afterwards how we shouldn't have done that, he's the son of God. So that's exactly what we do. You have to look at history as repeating itself. And I'm not saying that I'm God."