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Politically Incorrect: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Mr Peter De Villiers , Mr Gavin Rich
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Book Description

Throughout his tenure as the first black Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers was in the news, and not always for the right reasons. His battle to be accepted and respected by the rugby fraternity started from the moment his appointment was announced, when his new boss admitted that De Villiers had got the job for reasons ‘other than only rugby’. In his four years as Bok coach, De Villiers experienced huge successes – a series win over the British & Irish Lions and a Tri Nations trophy – but he also suffered the ignominy of coming last in the Tri Nations and seeing his World Cup dream shattered by the controversial officiating of referee Bryce Lawrence. In addition, his outspoken nature and colourful application of the metaphor alternately amused and horrified South African rugby fans, and his close relationship with his senior players begged the question: Who was coaching whom? Now, in his autobiography, De Villiers answers this question and addresses many more: How he managed to progress from the dusty streets of Paarl as a rugby-mad youngster to the highest job in South African rugby; why his employers tried to manipulate him but failed; why he stuck with John Smit as captain in the 2011 Rugby World Cup; and where his passion for rugby will lead him next. If rugby fans thought they knew Peter de Villiers before reading this book, they will think differently afterwards.

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  • File Size: 2514 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Press (Random House Struik) (May 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087OSRLK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read August 13, 2012
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Candid and open, the way we got to know Peter De Villiers.

You get some insight into his mindset, as well as some of the key decisions he made during his tenure.

The most enjoyable and informative rugby biography I have ever read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Books on rugby July 19, 2012
By Lewies
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This book by Peter de Villiers is one of the better books about South Africa's rugby stories. To hear what happens when sport and politics meet is interesting
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A great read. Peter De Villiers tells it how it was and wasn't scared of challenging his bosses who sometimes tried to keep a tide on this character. I enjoyed the book right through and found it hard to put down once I started reading it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter de Villiers December 30, 2013
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This book is an awesome insight into Peter de Villiers' world and if you have ever wondered about him and his reign as a coach you should read this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tipically self justifitation August 27, 2013
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It starts good, with a good introduction from Gavin Rich.
But then it goes too much into the path of justifying how he "survivied". Didn't like at all the end.
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