6 Sep 2010

Sprinboks coach's job safe for now?

6:50 am on 6 September 2010

The Springbok coach Peter de Villiers' job is safe for now although South African Rugby Union will review his side's poor run of form and some of his controversial comments later this month.

The Defending champion South African's lost their fifth match out of six in this year's Tri Nations on Sunday, the 41-39 loss to the Wallabies fuelling media speculation that De Villiers would be sacked.

SARU president Oregan Hoskins says the board take the situation very seriously but there is a process in place and they will follow that through.

He added that the Springboks' poor Tri-Nations performance would be subject to an annual review, as per normal, with De Villiers later this month.

De Villiers, whose three-year tenure has featured several fiery tirades, has found his comments under scrutiny again this week after saying the team fully supported Bees Roux, the Blue Bulls prop accused last week of murdering a policeman.

De Villiers was last month cleared of misconduct by southern hemisphere governing body SANZAR following television comments suggesting New Zealand were being given preferential treatment by referees because they were hosing next year's World Cup.