De Villiers suggests a Kiwi conspiracy

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South Africa coach Peter de Villiers has implied that his Springboks could be the victims of a conspiracy designed to bolster the World Cup in New Zealand next year.

De Villiers has questioned the interpretations of two Irish referees over infringements at the breakdown in the Springboks' two defeats by the All Blacks in New Zealand in the Tri-Nations tournament. The South African Rugby Union has asked its legal representative to get an explanation for what it considers inconsistent decision making.

"I've got my own observations about the last two Tests, and maybe I can't say it in public, but we do have a World Cup in New Zealand next year and maybe it was the right thing for them to win the games so they can attract more people to the games next year," De Villiers said yesterday.