11 Oct 2011

De Villiers backtracks on resignation

7:29 am on 11 October 2011

The Springboks coach Peter de Villiers has retracted the resignation he appeared to make after the Springboks' 11-9 defeat by Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final two days ago.

On the team's return to Johannesburg where they were enthusiastically welcomed by a crowd of several thousand, De Villiers said "I never resigned, I was just saying it was the end of the road".

He intends to see out his 4-year contract which ends in December.

The Springboks have definitely lost a couple of their biggest names with captain and hooker John Smit and lock Victor Matfield announcing their international retirements.

Smit cheekily suggested the one positive to come out of their loss last Sunday was that he'll never have to come up against the NZ referee Bryce Lawrence again.