May 30, 2018 / 5:59 PM / 5 months ago

Rugby-Springboks assistant coach De Villiers headed back to France

May 30 (Reuters) - Springboks assistant coach Pieter de Villiers has been released from his contract to take up an opportunity in France, South Africa Rugby said on Wednesday.

France’s L’Equipe newspaper reported he was set to join Stade Francais, the club he ended his playing career with in 2008 and that is now under the guidance of former South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer.

Former France prop De Villiers, 45, joined SA Rugby in 2012 as a consultant, working with Meyer, and was appointed assistant coach this year under Rassie Erasmus.

“De Villiers has requested a release from this position, and subsequently from his SA Rugby contract, due to family commitments,” SA Rugby said in a statement. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ed Osmond)

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