Sables coach granted com­pas­sion­ate leave

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ZIM­BABWE na­tional fif­teens rugby coach, Peter de Vil­liers has been granted com­pas­sion­ate leave by his em­ploy­ers, the Zim­babwe Rugby Union (ZRU) so that he can spend more time with his daugh­ter who is not feel­ing well.

Aaron Jani, the ZRU pres­i­dent said De Vil­liers was meant to have re­turned to Zim­babwe from South Africa last Sun­day but was given a fur­ther 12 days and will re­sume off­sea­son train­ing with the Sables once he re­turns.

“We gave him com­pas­sion­ate leave so that he can be with his daugh­ter who is not feel­ing well, we are ex­pect­ing him back af­ter the 12 days from 4 November. As soon as he lands we ex­pect him to start the off-sea­son pro­gramme. We are hav­ing a meet­ing with him when he ar­rives to map the way for­ward,’’ Jani said.

In a re­cent in­ter­view in his home town of Paarl, De Vil­liers in­di­cated that he wanted to iron out is­sues with the ZRU pre­sid­ium be­cause of what he felt was wrong in­for­ma­tion be­ing fed to the rest of the ZRU board.

De­spite De Vil­liers dis­mally fail­ing to take Zim­babwe to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the ZRU board met in Septem­ber and de­cided to let the for­mer Spring­boks coach fin­ish off his two-year con­tract. The feel­ing was that maybe the goal of qual­i­fy­ing for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Ja­pan was too much to ask for from De Vil­liers with no proper struc­tures in place.

Zim­babwe sur­vived rel­e­ga­tion from the Gold Cup with a 38-18 vic­tory over Uganda in Kam­pala, hav­ing drawn 23-23 with Morocco at home, lost to Kenya, Tu­nisia and Namibia. The de­ci­sion to al­low De Vil­liers to con­tinue as coach should now al­low the South African to start plan­ning for next year.

— @Mdaw­ini_29

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