Former Bok mentor Peter de Villiers unveiled as Zim coach

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File: Former Springbok coach, Pieter de Villiers.

File: Former Springbok coach, Pieter de Villiers.

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File: Former Springbok coach, Pieter de Villiers.

File: Former Springbok coach, Pieter de Villiers.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers on Wednesday was confirmed as the new Zimbabwe rugby team coach.

De Villiers who coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011, described his appointment as the "greatest day of my life”.

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The 60-year-old will be tasked with helping Zimbabwe qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

If they are successful, they will be in the ‘group of death’ with tournament favourites the All Blacks, South Africa and Italy.

De Villiers led South Africa to the Tri-Nations title in 2009 and a series win over the British and Irish Lions the same year.