Jean de Villiers could scarcely believe his good fortune on Tuesday when he was included in the Springbok squad for Saturday’s Test against France at Newlands.
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The pleasant surprise came on the same day that Western Province announced that they had secured De Villiers for this year’s Currie Cup and next year’s Super 14.
He returns to his former rugby home after a successful and satisfying stint at Irish side Munster.
“I must say I could not have asked for more. I did not expect to be involved in this weekend’s Test and it makes it all the more special that it will be at Newlands,” said De Villiers, who was named among the substitutes.
De Villiers is returning to South Africa in a bid to satisfy his World Cup itch next year after injury ruled him out of the tournament in 2003 and he sustained a serious injury in the Boks’ opening game against Samoa in Paris in 2007.
However, he also has serious ambitions for his career at WP and the Stormers.
“I’m a WP player through and through, but have not yet won a trophy with them. It’s something I really would like to achieve – to win a trophy in the blue-and-white hoops. The Stormers did well in the Super 14 and the future is looking bright,” he said.
I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can bring back the glory years of WP rugby.”
De Villiers said that he “really enjoyed” his time at Munster.
“I learned a lot and had a great time. I made very good friends. If I had my life over again, I would make the decision to go there again. It was an incredible experience,” he said.
“I’m now back at my home where I learned my rugby and would like to play my way into South Africa’s World Cup squad next year.”