Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers applies for EP Elephants top job

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Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has reportedly thrown his hat into the ring as the next EP Elephants coach.

According to the Daily Dispatch website, De Villiers is among a number of applicants who have shown interest in the role.

DE VILLIERS WON 30 OF 48 TESTS AS SPRINGBOK COACH

The successful applicant will oversee the EP Elephants during next year’s SA Cup and Currie Cup campaigns.

Applicants have until Friday, November 6 to submit their CVs, with the confirmation of the new coach expected to be made within two weeks.

The SA Cup kicks off in March 2021 and EP have set their sights on qualification for the Currie Cup Premier Division by finishing among the top 3 teams in the coastal stream of the tournament.

While not everyone’s cup of tea while at the helm of the Springboks, under De Villiers’ leadership (from 2008 to 2011) the national side won 30 of their 48 matches.

That 62.5% win percentage included a 47% win percentage against the All Blacks, having played them 11 times, winning 5 and losing 6 of those matches.

De Villiers is the first Springbok coach since Nick Mallett to have a 100% win record over the All Blacks in a single year (2009).

De Villiers led the Springboks to victory in the 2009 Tri-Nations as well as a Test series win over the British & Irish Lions the same year.

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