Jean out of June test

May 25, 2014
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Jean de Villiers will miss the mid-year Tests against Wales and Scotland after he was ruled out for approximately eight weeks with a knee injury.

After experiencing some discomfort in his left knee on Saturday, De Villiers was pulled out of the Stormers’ Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs. De Villiers underwent a scope in Cape Town on Sunday morning and the prognosis is that he will be out of action for almost two months. He will hopefully be back by the start of Rugby Championship in August.

“Losing our captain is a massive setback,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. “Jean has been superb as our leader on and off the field and he was in excellent form as well. “He is a wonderful ambassador for South Africa and is respected across the world as a leader – we will certainly miss him next month.

“His injury is the latest in a string of setbacks we’ve experienced, and with Jaque Fourie also ruled out it means we’ll play with a new captain and a new midfield combination next month.

“Luckily we have good depth in the squad at centre, but replacing your captain is always difficult. “We have a number of good leaders in the squad, but I don’t want to rush a decision on the captaincy as we still have to finalise the squad for June.”

De Villiers’ place in the training squad that got together in Durban earlier on Sunday, was taken by promising Sharks lock Stephan Lewies. Meyer said the excitement in the camp was palpable, with less than two weeks before the Springboks’ season opener, against the World XV at Newlands in Cape Town.

“It’s great to see the excitement on the faces of the players, not only the uncapped guys, but also experienced Springboks,” said Meyer. “Everyone knows this is a very important season and with 18 matches left until we depart for the Rugby World Cup, the players are keen to impress and fight for positions in the squad.

“Our focus for now, however, is on the World XV match and ensuring we start the season on a positive note.”

Source: Rugby365

 

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8 Comments

  1. avatar Duiwel says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Take your time. Jean.
    No rush.

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    @Duiwel: People can say what they want Jean is playing good rugby and will be missed in these test..same as when people were writing off John and wanted Bismarck in the team….to lose your captain is a big thing for the Boks…

  3. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    agree even though he is not even ballpark the best 12 we have.

    At Bok level the cappy is important and the players back him.

    At the same time I dont think this team with him as captain has what it takes to win a world cup. But with proper planning we can own 2019.

  4. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Funny a recent twitter conversation had Paul Treu saying the best captain material we have in a player is William Small Smith, whom True rates as most intelligent and mature player he has worked with.

    Interesting.

  5. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    @Cheetah Glory: him and Kwagga Smith, played together u21 Rugby World Cup. Yes looking forward to seeing them playing 15.

  6. avatar Morné says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Well if you play okes into the ground, expect them to break at some stage.

  7. avatar Aldo says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I reckon this injury is a blessing in disguise. Jean has been brilliant for ages, I cant remember, but it was 2002 when he made his debut I think, and got injured. But he has allways given his all and the only time ever we had a better inside centre in this country, was when the late Ettiene Botha still graced our field. Jees I could go on singing Ettiene praise the whole night, but back to Jean. He needs a rest, he is likely to miss the rest of superrugby as well after the June tests. This will give his body a rest, if it is not every week for the Boks, it is at the Stormers. Surely he deserves a break. Like I said, blessing in disguise, what would actually be perfect, would be for him to miss this year Rugby championship, or at least the over seas tour.

    But that is just me thinking out loud again.

  8. avatar Aldo says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Americano, have you ever seen Ettiene Botha play? Im sure if you were on ruggaworld back then, he would’ve been a Bok.

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