Peter de Villiers will step down as South Africa’s coach after the reigning champions lost their World Cup quarter-final to Australia here on Sunday.
“It was a brilliant journey,” said De Villiers, who took over from Jake White following the Springboks’ 2007 World Cup win.
“There’s a time to come and a time to go and I think the journey for me is over,” he added following South Africa’s 11-9 loss to Australia, which saw the ‘curse of the champions’ strike again, with no team yet to win back-to-back World Cup titles.
Turning his gaze on assembled journalists, De Villiers, who has been much maligned for some of his selection policies and public gaffes, added: “It’s something you guys can’t take away from me.
“It was incredible, and I’m proud to have been in a position to make a contribution to my country.”
The reigning World Cup Champions exit RWC2011
Exit stage left… Peter De Villiers speaks ahead of his side’s loss to Australia