Politically Incorrect – book review

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Politically Incorrect is an autobiography by Peter de Villiers with Gavin Rich published by Zebra Press with a foreword by John Smit.

De Villiers battled to be accepted by the rugby fraternity from the moment his appointment was announced. Politically Incorrect is the personal account of Peter de Villiers as a boy from the dusty streets of Paarl to the highest job in South African rugby.

During his four years as Bok coach, Peter de Villiers experienced success and catastrophic failure. De Villiers guided the Springboks to a series win over the British & Irish Lions and a Tri Nations trophy. He was also the coach of the ill-fated 2011 World Cup dream shattered by the disgraceful refereeing of Bryce Lawrence.

In the book De Villiers makes certain claims and allegations about his political allies and one-time supporters Cheeky Watson and Cedric Frolick. The former coach alleges the support from the Eastern Cape dissipated when he refused to select Luke Watson, Cheeky’s son.

De Villiers claims the sex tape scandal allegations surrounding him in 2008 were created by Frolick in an attempt to get him to resign as coach. When pressed for comment Frolick told the Cape Argus: “I must express extreme disappointment in Peter de Villiers. I feel betrayed by what are, in certain instances in his book, complete lies.” Cheeky Watson, who heads up Eastern Cape rugby, said: “Shame, I actually feel sorry for him – the lengths he has to stoop to … for the selling of a book.”

The book is well written compared to some other recent sports autobiographies and flows nicely. The author is able to get De Villiers’ unique style across that we came to know in the media during his tenure. I enjoyed the book, I think the reader gains a little insight into the selection policies employed during the 4 years and while I might not agree that the Springboks needed John Smit in 2011, De Villiers tells us why he thought he needed the prop/hooker in his team. De Villiers covers just about every rugby scandal during his four years about selection from race quotas to overseas players.

This book wont make you like “Snor” any more than you did before you read the book but if you take it at face value maybe we can respect the former coach as a sympathetic motivator and respect his success in rugby’s top job!

The kindle version is available from Amazon.com for under $12 (R102). Paperback version from Kalahari.com R142.


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