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I am not sure who “they” are, but it has been said by them that ignorance is bliss. And for the better part of a decade one could be forgiven to think that the SARU has been blissfully ignorant.
Whenever a South African rugby coach is appointed there are some common clichés that are thrown about.
It was Edmund Burke who once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
When you have a 75 per cent win record for nigh on three years and have been unbeaten for two tours in Europe, you expect things to be about as on track as things could be.
If you are an Aussie or Kiwi, the newly formed Trans-Tasman rugby competition should sit well with you. Less matches against South African teams, same number of local derbies, better time zones and less travel, plus an extra international opponent.
So Jean de Villiers has left the building. It is a sad way to end a career, veteran of 109 Test matches, captain for the last three years, and a leader who would have made any country proud.