Springbok coach Peter de Villiers believes that he deserves a medal after his four years as the helm of a job that produces the most hostile environment imaginable.
De Villiers, together with SA Rugby Union (SARU) CEO Jurie Roux addressed the portfolio committee on sport and recreation about the World Cup plans in parliament on Tuesday.
According to Die Burger, De Villiers explained that the coaching team had done an excellent job of moulding players from different unions into a team within a short space of time, and with several injury constraints also making their job that much harder.
For his tireless time in charge of the Boks he suggested he deserved a medal.
"And a big one too," he stated.
De Villiers stressed that the team has what it takes to win the World Cup, and that the best players available had gone on tour in the Tri-Nations.
MPs grilled the coach on the most recent defeats and questioned the decision to leave the best players at home.
De Villiers insisted that the players left behind were injured and had attended a rehabilitation camp in Rustenburg.
The major weakness of the Boks is their inability to finish an opponent off according to De Villiers.
"We need a killer instinct," he said.
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