Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers was fired by Zimbabwean rugby because of an unauthorized departure to work. According to documents from the Zimbabwe Rugby Union.
De Villiers was fired last month but said he would challenge his employer’s decision and appeal his dismissal to a labour court.
De Villiers was hired by ZRU in February 2018 for a two-year contract to bring the country back to the World Cup category three for the first time since 1991 through the annual African Cup competition. Rugby fans are waiting for thrilling performances in RWC. Now you can book online tickets for Rugby World Cup to support your favourite players.
The ZRU documents explain in detail how de Villiers, who trained the Springboks between 2008 and 2011, did not return to work after vacation last year. As a result, he was suspended and dismissed following a disciplinary hearing.
The winner of the previous edition of the tournament would qualify directly in Group B of the World Cup. While the second would qualify for the repechage round. The winner of this competition would also enter Group with New Zealand, Italy and South Africa.
Not only did Zimbabwe fail to finish in the first two of the Gold Cup. Namibia won the tournament, while Kenya was second but did not advance since the repechage round. However, it has finished fifth of six teams, with his only victory in the final match against Uganda.
A final place would have allowed them to be relegated from the first African continental tournament. But a draw of 23, all recovered against Morocco, sixth, prevented the duel saved, De Villiers and Zimbabwe to blush.
The reign at the head of Zimbabwe was also embarrassing off the field. He scrambled and then sacked Zimbabwe’s assistant coach and former captain Brendan Dawson, accusing him of undermining his authority.
During his stay at the Springboks, De Villiers was more successful but experienced similar problems off the field. After becoming the first non-white coach in South Africa, he led them to a series of victories over the British and Irish Lions.
However, he drew criticism for a number of provocative comments, including accusing the All Blacks of cheating and defending one of his scam players during the Lions’ tour by saying that rugby was – a contract spot.
After an 11-9 defeat to the Wallabies in the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, De Villiers was not offered a new contract by the South African Rugby Union.
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