De Villiers joins fellow greats in Harare

HARARE - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers jetted into Harare yesterday afternoon for the Dairibord Kyros Rugby Academy Week, which has also brought into the country ex-All Black boss John Mitchell and Bok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle.

The series of lectures and coaching clinics by the world rugby greats is being organised by the UK-based Kyros Rugby agency and milk processing firm Dairibord Zimbabwe Holdings Limited.

De Villiers, who became the first non-white man to take charge of the Boks, is one of the game’s most colourful figures, known for his lively quotes and strong views on affirmative action in the game.

He coached South Africa between 2008 and 2011.

De Villiers is currently director of rugby at the University of Western Cape, where Zimbabwe star Njabulo Ndlovu is based.

“I don’t have much knowledge on Zimbabwe rugby but the little I know is mostly Sevens rugby,” De Villiers told the Daily News upon arrival at Harare International Airport.

“Also, they are a couple guys that I coach at University of Western Cape, the likes of Njabulo Ndlovu.

“Through Njabulo, I have learnt a bit about Zimbabwe, I’m excited to be here and looking forward to share a lot with the kids during this week."

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