13 Jul 2011

De Villiers defends his decision to rest bulk of likely World Cup squad

10:36 am on 13 July 2011

The Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has defended his decision to leave 21 front line players at home for the Tri-Nations away leg, saying they were physically wrecked after the expanded Super Rugby season.

De Villiers last week pulled 21 leading players, who are likely to form the core of the Springboks' World Cup defence, out of the Tri-Nations away leg.

They play tests against Australia in Sydney on July 23rd and New Zealand in Wellington on July 30th.

De Villiers says super glue won't even help those players and it is the sensible decision to rest them.

He says for one moment of greatness, why bugger up a player's future.