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The new Bok coach has been selected and there is much controversy around the selection. Peter De Villiers was promoted from the ranks of junior Bok coach to senior, following in his predecessor Jake White who took the same route.

Many say that this is a political move but with more than half the selectors being White, many say this is impossible. We would love to hear your views on this appointment so please post your comments below. Personally, I think that this is a great move for South African rugby and we would like to wish Peter De Villiers all the best in his new position and we are behind him 100%. I think that not only is it a great move for transformation but for SA rugby overall because the appointment was on merit and he will prove this...another Bruinou taking SA by storm.

Peter De Villiers is new SA coach

By Gary Lemke

Peter de Villiers was on Wednesday named as the new Springbok coach, replacing Jake White. De Villiers becomes the first black to coach South Africa, after enjoying considerable success at Under-19 and Under-21 level.

He fought off three other candidates on the shortlist - Heyneke Meyer, Allister Coetzee and Chester Williams.

A nine-person commission, headed by SA Rugby vice-president Mike Stofile, had been set up to appoint the new man, after White declined to
apply for the job during the World Cup campaign.

They interviewed all four candidates this week and after his three-hour session on Monday, De
Villiers had left the Newlands headquarters confident of his chances.

De Villiers, who enjoyed considerable success with the "Baby Boks" at Under-19 and Under-21 level and, most recently, the Emerging Springboks,
is seen as the man most capable of taking South African rugby along the road to transformation - an area where critics have argued that not even
White was able to speed up change.