The Springboks coach leapt to the defence of the indefensible last weekend, when he claimed that Schalk Burger’s eye-gouging incident was part and parcel of rugby.
Although he has somewhat retracted on these rather foolish comments, presumably after coming under pressure to do so by the South African Rugby Union (Saru), de Villiers has somewhat of a track record of speaking utter nonsense.
Here are the pick of Peter de Villiers quotes…
“We went wild, wild, wild — some of the guys went wilder than that.” – On South Africa’s victory over the All Blacks.
“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 stuff like that, 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 is repeating itself, and I’m not saying that I’m God.” On religion and being God.
“If I’m the weakest link then we are bloody strong. I’m a God-given talent. I am the best I can be. I know what I am and I don’t give a damn.” – On being a coach.
“I don’t care. I don’t take an interest in your job, but I’m glad you take an interest in mine.” – On journalists and the media.
“So guys who can’t take it, make your decision. Why don’t we go to the nearest ballet shop, get some nice tutus, get a great dancing show going, no eye-gouging, no tackling… and all enjoy it.” – Said this week in regards to the Burger eye-gouching shenanigans.
Check out de Villiers in all his glory below and his pathetic attempt to make sense of the Burger incident.