De Villiers' future set for review
October 11, 2011
South Africa coach Peter de Villiers' future is set for review © Getty Images
The long-term future of Springbok coach Peter de Villiers will be reviewed by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) executive council following their exit from the Rugby World Cup.
De Villiers appeared to resign in the wake of last weekend's quarter-final loss to Australia but later stopped short of drawing a line under his four years in charge.
SARU chief executive Jurie Roux confirmed on Tuesday that De Villiers' contract, along with those of the Boks' coaching, medical and logistical staff, expires at the end of the year and that appointments for the next campaign would not be concluded until then.
Prior to next year's inaugural Four Nations tournament the Springboks will face England in a three Test series in South Africa.
"The formal review of the 2011 season and the process of making appointments for 2012 will only be concluded towards the end of the year, as was decided by the Exco in July," Roux said.
"The appointment of the Springbok coaches and management team are easily among the most important decisions we must take as an organisation. The next steps we take in that process will be in the very best interests of the Springbok team.
"It is very painful to have fallen short of a semi-final place by one penalty kick but, having been close to the team in New Zealand, I know that the players and management did everything in their power to continue South Africa's run of success at the Rugby World Cup."
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