Laporte: ‘Bakkies the greatest I’ve ever coached’

first_img Post by SA Rugby magazine Published on April 2, 2021 Laporte: ‘Bakkies the greatest I’ve ever coached’ ‘ Loans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo French Rugby boss and World Rugby vice-chairman Bernard Laporte has revealed Springbok lock Bakkies Botha is the greatest player he has had the privilege to work with throughout his career.The World Cup-winning Bok lock joined mega French club Toulon in 2011, at the same time when Laporte was appointed as the club’s new coach.Botha departed in 2015 and Laporte left the job in 2016, but before their respective exits, they won three consecutive European Champions Cup titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and clinched the French Top 14 title in 2014.When asked about his time at Toulon in a recent interview, Laporte spoke fondly of Botha.‘Bakkies Botha is the greatest player I have coached in my career. Of course difficult to compare because Jonny Wilkinson was excellent, Matt Giteau was monstrous, but Bakkies was so strong physically,’ Laporte said. ‘And I would have liked so much to be like him on the field to scare everyone and smash everyone. As a player, I’d say Bakkies Botha was my idol.’‘He arrived in Toulon at the same time as me. At the time of his departure from the club, he called to tell me he wanted to see me. He shook my hand when we met and told me he didn’t know if we were going to meet again, but he wanted to tell me that I had been the best coach he had ever had.‘I was crying! I wondered how a guy like him, with 90 caps for the Springboks and someone who has seen it all and who was a world champion can tell me that. I still have tears in my eyes when of I think of that moment.’After the publication of Laporte’s interview, Botha responded to his former boss’ comments via a tweet saying: ‘An incredible time with legendary players and supporters and a team that changed history forever and brought hope and smiles to all supporters and people all over the world.’ ‘ Posted in French Top 14, News, Top headlines, Top story Tagged bakkies botha, Bernard Laporte, French Top 14, NEWS  3144  528 ‘ Photo: Getty Images World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndo Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero Wars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ MoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo sinoticia.com埃及艷後:她睡了全歐洲最強的男人,只為征服世界?sinoticia.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Toulon’s Chris Masoe, Bakkies Botha and Bernard Laporte last_img

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